The City of Anacortes will hold an emergency response drill on Wednesday from 9 am until noon, to practice the City's response plan as part of the city's participation exercises in the Great Washington ShakeOut.
This drill is designed to engage city staff to think through the City's emergency actions during and after an earthquake, then afterwards to review and discuss what worked or what did not in order to make improvements should there be an actual event.
The drill will simulate a 5.7 magnitude earthquake, and will exercise the Emergency Operations Center, located at the Police and Municipal Court facility, 1218 24th Street. Actual first responder resources may be observed in the field at specific sites within the City of Anacortes, and local businesses may be contacted for information as part of the exercise.
The City will also conduct a "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" drill at 10:16 am on Thursday, October 16. Individuals visiting city departments during the drill may be asked to participate.
Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. This is an opportunity to practice and become better prepared to ensure we provide proper support to our community in a disaster situation.
If you have questions about the emergency drills, please contact Chief Richard Curtis at the Anacortes Fire Department 360.293.1925.