PARIS — Emergency Management Agency Director Scott Parker is looking for about 40 people, with or without pets, to act as victims in an upcoming drill.

The event, which is sponsored by the American Red Cross and the Emergency Management Agency and volunteers, is the first emergency shelter drill in the region since the county used Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School during the ice storm of 1998 to house victims.

“That was before my time,” Parker said, but he was told the shelter was up and running for several weeks and housed some 200 to 300 people and their pets while many homes were without power.

On Aug. 23 the county will hold a drill as practice for a catastrophic event.

Those who have registered by Friday, Aug. 14, will be asked to come to the high school on Route 26 at the Paris/Norway town line from 10 a.m. to noon. The high school will be set up with cots, food and “everything from A to Z” that would be needed during an emergency, Parker said. Pets will be housed in a different section of the high school.

The 40 or so volunteer victims will answer questions and be taken to their sleepting and eating area. Pets will be taken to the pet shelter.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. for anyone who would like to stay after the drill, he said.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the mock drill should call the Emergency Management Agency office at 743-6336.

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