Saturday, Dec. 2, Earthquake Response Exercise, 10 AM—Noon, Fire Station 2, Eugene.

Hello Ready NW Eugene neighbors,

This Saturday morning several Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTS) will be conducting an earthquake response exercise in Eugene across the street from Fire Station 2 on 1705 West 2nd Avenue.

Non-CERTS will be allowed to attend, observe the exercise, and ask questions!

A November 30, 2023 KLCC article states:

“A regional earthquake response exercise will be held Saturday morning in downtown Eugene. 

Sierra Anderson is the emergency manager for the City of Eugene. She told KLCC that several Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTS) will be across the street from Fire Station 2 on 1705 West 2nd Avenue.

It’ll be a search and rescue scenario for a commercial building following a Cascadian event, which Anderson said is important training.

“It’s a good place for folks to start when they’re looking at this big preparedness pie and how to start eating it, right?” said Anderson. “It gives folks kind of the basic skills for emergency response. CERT is also neighborhood based.

“So what it does is it helps to connect folks within the neighborhood that they live in and kind of assess how they can help each other during major disasters.”

Other community emergency response teams will be present including from Benton and Linn counties, and Cottage Grove.

People can also observe and ask questions during the exercise from 10am to noon.

Amateur radio to play big part in post-quake communications

When a major earthquake hits the Pacific Northwest, officials say ham radio operators will be part of their response.

Anderson said their CERT has a group that works with amateur radio, to assist in keeping communications going with the Emergency Operations Center once an anticipated Cascadian event occurs.

“It’s a very robust, very well put together team and they assist us in times of emergency with our ham radios if needed,” added Anderson. “They work in our City Emergency Operation Center, doing ham radio call outs.

“We had an exercise last month and it was really interesting to see how well the neighborhood’s work together and their processes for radio communication through times of emergency.”

With an anticipated intensity of 9.0 on the Richter scale, a Cascadian quake is expected to disrupt transportation, power, and supply chains for weeks, if not longer.

Communication is seen as a vital way to keep people and responders connected in times of disaster.”

Hope to see you there!

–Charlsey Cartwright / Joel Robe / Ed Farren, CoordinatorsReady NW EugeneReady NW Eugene YouTube Channel

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