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The City of Albany will join other major Oregon cities; 23 counties; 9 tribal nations; 17 state agencies and departments in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho; the Federal Emergency Management Agency; the American Red Cross; and private-sector partners in the Cascadia Rising emergency exercise on Friday, June 10, 2016.
The public can follow the Albany exercise live on Facebook and Twitter: facebook.com/albanyalert and twitter.com/albanyalert, using the hashtag #CascadiaRisingExercise. Information will also be posted on the City's emergency web page, cityofalbany.net/earthquake.
Cascadia Rising began June 7 throughout the three states. The exercise is testing responses to an 8.0-9.0+ earthquake. Albany staff will conduct a six-hour drill on June 10.
The Cascadia Subduction Zone is an area off the Pacific Coast that threatens to deliver the most destructive earthquake and tsunami in North American history. State and federal partners have been working with city, county, and tribal emergency management entities for years to plan for this eventuality, to hone response plans, and to ensure emergency response partners are in sync to save lives and property when the earthquake hits.
Albany's exercise will activate and operate its Emergency Coordination Center, implement public information procedures including a mid-day news conference, open a damage assessment collection center, assign field inspection teams to collect and analyze damage reports, and coordinate with partners to open a community shelter.