DISASTER RESPONSE IMPROVEMENTS CAME OUT OF FLIGHT 232 RESCUE

DISASTER RESPONSE IMPROVEMENTS CAME OUT OF FLIGHT 232 RESCUE

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GARY BROWN WAS THE WOODBURY COUNTY DISASTER SERVICES DIRECTOR IN 1989 WHEN UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 232 CRASHED AT SIOUX GATEWAY AIRPORT.

BROWN HELPED CREATE THE DISASTER PLAN THAT LED TO EMERGENCY RESPONDERS FROM NEARLY 40 TRI-STATE COMMUNITIES HELP RESCUE THE 184 SURVIVORS OF THE CRASH.

25 YEARS LATER, BROWN STILL SERVES IN THAT POSITION AND SAYS A LOT OF IMPORTANT LESSONS CAME OUT OF THE TRAGEDY THAT CLAIMED 112 LIVES:


OC…..BETTER PREPARED. :20

THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL:


OC….TRI STATE AREA. ;17

A 9-1-1 EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER WAS ALSO BUILT UNDERGROUND ON THE CAMPUS OF WESTERN IOWA TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

FINALLY, THE SIOUXLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WAS CREATED TO HELP PROVIDE BETTER TRAINING FOR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AS WELL AS PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS.

UNITED AIRLINES DONATED $600-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THAT FUND, AND THE SURVIVING 232 FLIGHT CREW MEMBERS HAVE ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO IT.