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  • Planning for "Invacuation." Howard County

    ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - While some cities are preparing
    evacuation plans in case of a disaster or terrorist attack, Howard
    County officials are preparing an "invacuation" plan.
    Officials there worry that residents fleeing from Washington or
    Baltimore could cause an influx of traffic into the county, which
    sits between the two big cities. Howard is 25 miles from Washington
    and 20 miles from Baltimore.
    "A lot of those routes pass right through Howard County, and we
    need to be prepared," said Richard M. Krieg, chairman of the
    Community Emergency Response Network, a group that is helping to
    organize the plan.
    The scheme, known as an invacuation plan, has been in the
    planning stages for several months. Spokesmen for the U.S.
    Department of Homeland Security said they were unaware of any
    municipalities with similar plans.
    Because the plan is in the development stage, authorities could
    offer few specifics. But in case of an emergency, the invacuation
    plan would be activated by the county's Emergency Operations
    Center, which is staffed by the county executive, chief of police
    and chief of Fire and Rescue Services.
    Police and firefighters would be responsible for moving traffic
    through the county. Krieg said he hopes to divide the county into
    five tracts, each of which would have one or more high schools that
    would serve as shelters.
    Each of the centers would be manned by volunteers who have at
    least two hours of training and as many as 20, according to
    authorities. While the volunteers probably will not be equipped to
    perform lifesaving medical procedures, they would be able to
    administer first aid, authorities said.
    Although the plan is not meant to "encourage people to stay
    here ... we have to plan for all contingencies," Krieg said.

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