The chief of the state Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness and Response section says the last year has been a busy one.
Tim Wiedrich says there have been a dozen situations where the Health Department’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated.
"We've responded to a wide variety of incidents," said Wiedrich. "Things like train derailments, water emergencies, tornadoes and a wide variety of other types of emergencies -- including communicable disease."
And Wiedrich says the state, in partnership with local emergency personnel, has handled things well.