The public is encouraged to participate in an exercise that will help emergency managers prepare to distribute basic supplies to families and individuals after earthquakes, floods or other disasters. State and local officials will set up and operate a simulated Community Point of Distribution (CPOD) on Thursday, June 14, 11:00 a.m-1:00 p.m., at the Sojourn Community Church, 8004 Pacific Avenue SE in Lacey. -30-
The drill includes delivery of supplies via truck from state and federal agencies. Workers will then simulate the breakdown of pallets and the distribution of relief packets to members of the public. Volunteers are needed to drive through a short distribution loop to receive supplies. (A "stand-in" packet containing emergency preparedness information, an energy bar and a bottle of water will be given to each volunteer.)
"Efficiently distributing food, water and other life-sustaining supplies to a community devastated by disaster takes planning, teamwork and coordination," says Emergency Manager Kathy Estes. "If you're in the area Thursday and you have about 15 minutes to spare, you can be a great help in making this exercise as real as possible." The Sojourn Community Church is on Pacific Avenue just west of Marvin Road. Signs and exercise staff will direct motorists to CPOD activities. No advance registration is necessary.
The logistics exercise is the second phase of the three-part Evergreen Quake Exercise Series that began with a six-county communication and coordination exercise June 5-6. The series concludes with recovery exercise tabletops on August 8 and 22. Details on the exercise series are available at www.emd.wa.gov/training/EvergreenQuake.shtml