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Parsley: New Ways Of Thinking Biggest Benefit Of Earthquake Seminar

Last updated on Friday, May 23, 2008

(BEDFORD) - Law enforcement officials from all over the Hoosier State were in Bedford earlier this week for the earthquake training seminar at the downtown convention center.

Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley was one attendee, and said he picked up some good ideas from the two-day meeting.

Parsley tells WBIW News the seminar was geared around developing awareness of what could happen, should a major earthquake strike the area.

He says the biggest part of the process was looking at ideas to assist Lawrence County and Bedford, should it become isolated due to heavily damaged infrastructure like bridges, damaged roadways, power lines, gas lines and other utilities.

One of the ideas Parsley says the department and Lawrence County Emergency Management Director Valerie Luchauer came up with was using Lawrence County's agricultural resources should there be such a problem, and said they are thinking of taking inventory of farm equipment in the area like tractors, wagons, and other items that could get people out of the area without proper roads.

Another idea is seeking help from the Amish, who, obviously, are better prepared to live without regular utilities and amenities.

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