(Winfield, KS)—Hundreds get disaster relief in Winfield, but it wasn't a real tragedy. Instead, it was a first of it's kind response drill.
Southwestern college became a multi-agency response center or M.A.R.C for short. Its purpose is to bring together different local and national agencies like the Red Cross,the United Way and put them under one roof to help victims of a disaster.
The drill in Winfield was the first time the system has been tested out in Kansas.
Three hundred students filled the Steward Field house Sunday to act like victims. But they also got a better idea of what the 25 different agencies do during a disaster and how they can help people rebuild.
This kind of multi-agency strategy was first used after the Joplin tornado in 2011, and it was also helpful for the storm victims in Moore, Oklahoma last May.
"The more we can talk about this on a sunny, nice calm day the better prepared we'll be to act efficiently and quickly and to meet more people's need in the event of an actual disaster," said Southwestern College Assistant Director of Leadership Lindsay Wilke.
Since this was a first for students too, Wilke hopes some of them will be inspired to volunteer their time at the agencies they got to know during this response drill.
The event also helped kick off homecoming week at Southwestern college. This is the third straight year students have started the week with a community-service project.