Pike County prepares for the worst

      Pittsfield, Ill.-- The Pike County Health Department along with emergency services says it's ready to handle a pandemic disaster.

      To prove it, a mock drill was held at Pikeland Community School Saturday. The exercise allowed emergency agencies to practice procedures if there were to be a widespread disease in the Tri-States. The drill included practicing how medicine would be distributed in a real event.

      With the H1N1 virus spreading around the world, coordinator of the event Jan Bleich says the exercise was good training.

      "This particular exercise has been in planning stages for weeks prior to the outbreak of the H1N1, but it's very timely because these types of activities would be and may be necessary. We're not sure what's going on with the H1N1," Bleich said.

      The drill was made possible by a state grant that requires counties to prepare for disasters.