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Cascadia Rising Statewide Exercise - Ashland Employees Prepare

“The Ashland area has experienced a magnitude 6.8 earthquake overnight, as has the rest of the Pacific Northwest. Neither electric power nor natural gas are available, and water and sewer are being assessed. The majority of the unreinforced masonry buildings in the downtown core have collapsed or sustained significant damage,” as reported for the Cascadia Rising Statewide exercise. Note that these conditions are not real, but they are the conditions to be experienced by City of Ashland employees and cooperators during the Cascadia Rising exercise.

The Cascadia Rising exercise will be held on June 9, in Ashland. This multi-state effort is intended to give employees and volunteers the opportunity to practice their response to the greatest threat to the Pacific Northwest – and earthquake caused by a shift in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Employees and volunteers will participate in field operations and activate department operations centers and the emergency operations center on Thursday, June 9, 2016, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The intent of this exercise is to test the City’s resources and response during a large scale, regional earthquake by simulating events of a real-life disaster. Media are welcome to attend at any time during the day and will have access during the exercise.

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