CL conducts city-wide Disaster Response Drill

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The City of Canyon Lake, along with the Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee (CLEPC) and the support of the POA, conducted an internal city-wide Disaster Response Drill on an earthquake disaster scenario on the morning of May 12. The city’s Emergency Operations Center was set up at Fire Station 60 on Vacation Drive. Assessment teams from the Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee were out in the field conducting various assigned tasks as given.

The main objective for the drill is to ensure the city has the most efficient and effective response in place to a disaster or unusual occurrence in the city, with the purpose of protecting life, restoring order, protecting property and the environment, and facilitating recovery in accordance with guidelines established by the city’s Emergency Operations Plan.

Assigned staff of all levels participated in the drill to help assess the city’s response to a disaster situation by determining the response levels to various tasks; the activation of the Emergency Operations Center, communication amongst city, POA, and CLEPC staff and the response to various scenarios that would be more than likely susceptible to the City of Canyon Lake.

The City of Canyon Lake has an active Emergency Preparedness Committee that helps coordinate the state and county and local regulations that will help keep the city functioning during a state of emergency.

There are plans for emergency shelters, food and provisions, cots and blankets, and medical supplies. The Canyon Lake Community Church serves as the main shelter by way of their gymnasium where restroom and kitchen facilities are available.

There is a field treatment center already set up in Canyon Lake at the East Port Park where injured parties will be sent for triage and help in the event of a major disaster. All the supplies are gathered and stored nearby for this center.

The committee is seeking volunteers of every type from those who would like to learn ham radio operation to those who can help in a shelter. Training is available.

The committee invites the public to attend its monthly meetings to learn how to get involved. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at Canyon Lake City Hall.

For more information or to serve as a volunteer call, 951-244-2955.

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