Drill-KF4M6103Student nurses tackle tornado drill

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Don't say it is "just a drill" to the Piedmont College Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences. When they stage a mock disaster, the students get a lesson in emergency triage that is as close to the real thing as you can get without drawing actual blood.

Each year the Piedmont College Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences works with local emergency services agencies to stage a disaster scenario to train senior student nurses from the Demorest and Athens campuses. The students never know when or what type of emergency they will have to face, and this year's tornado that left behind 62 "victims" was no exception.

The junior student nurses play the role of victims, which included as wide a variety of cuts, lacerations, burns, and impalements as the Theatre Department special effects could think up. With exploding electrical transformers and wailing sirens, it is difficult not to get caught up in the emotion of the "drill."

Thanks go to the Habersham County Medical Center and all of the local fire, police, and emergency agencies that participated in making the drill an educational success.