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Pierce County shakin’ and quakin’ today in training drill

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 21, 2009 at 5:19 am |
October 20, 2009 3:32 pm

Hundreds of people, area schools and hospitals and more than 50 agencies will be participating in a two-day earthquake drill that starts today in Pierce County.

The first day of the countywide “Shake ‘n Quake” exercise will involve about 500 people from 50 agencies, according to a press release. They’ll be reacting to a magnitude 7.1 earthquake along the Tacoma Fault line. That line passes under Tacoma, Federal Way and Gig Harbor.

“It is predicted that the ground shaking during an earthquake through the Tacoma fault system would cause landslides, liquefaction and possibly a tsunami in the Sound, based on United State Geological Survey studies,” the press release states.

The Pierce County Emergency Operations Center will be staffed and operating on the first day of the drill.

The second day – Thursday – will focus on the readiness and response of area hospitals, including Good Samaritan, Madigan, St. Anthony, St. Clare, St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma General and Western State.

Pierce County Emergency Management is required to hold at least one regional exercise every year to test its emergency plans and procedures.

“The specific objectives of this exercise are to evaluate regional communications, to demonstrate coordinated situtational awareness collection and to disseminate information to the public,” the press release states.

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