HERMISTON - The Good Shepherd Medical Center will put up decontamination tents in its parking lot Thursday as part of a CSEPP drill.

The drill, similar to one held recently in Boardman, Umatilla and Pendleton, allows emergency officials the chance to practice decontaminating someone who has been contaminated by chemical agents stored at the Umatilla Chemical Depot.

The emergency room and the medical center will remain open for business as usual during the drill.

People can expect to see considerable activity Thursday, including workers in protective suits. Good Shepherd staff want to stress that this is only a drill.

If the depot ever had a major accident, Good Shepherd would likely be the first medical center to treat contaminated people because it's so close to the depot, a release says.

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