A.T. Still's Dart program runs a tornado drill

Emergency responders assist in Dart's tornado drill.

A.T. Still University's Dart program is a student-led group working to provide physicians and community members with the experience needed in the case of disasters.

Saturday, approximately 60 volunteer simulated patients, along with emergency personnel, gathered in the corner lot of A.T. Stillâ??s Education building to run a tornado drill.

Participants say Dart's initiative is quite useful.

â??Iâ??m a lifeguard at Truman and one of my favorite things is running scenarios because you really don't know what to expect. Itâ??s different than going through a book or lecture or even just going into a lab where you don't have real people. Real people are unpredictable, which is what makes this so much fun,â?? said volunteer Sierra Horton.

Dartâ??s public information officer tells KTVO that the trial was planned as the result of the 2011 Joplin tornado. He says it's important to know which patients need immediate treatment and which patients can stand a small delay.