Emergency responders from around Madison County are ready to go in case of a large-scale disaster.  That is the general take-away from this week's training exercise that simulated a passenger train derailment - a scenario that was designed to put hospitals, fire departments, EMS workers and the county under the gun.

Madison County's Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Mary Kate Malone says while she feels comfortable that the county is ready to respond to a major event, there is always room for improvement.

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In March. Malone says they will hold their next large-scale training drill.  In that case, it will simulate the response following an earthquake.  The Riverbend sits close to the New Madrid Fault, which produced some of the strongest earthquakes to hit the United States more than 200 years ago.

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