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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2004

Contact: LeAnn Coletta
Volunteer/Disaster Services Program Manager
951.413.3809

City to conduct emergency operations drill

The City of Moreno Valley will conduct a full-scale eight-hour emergency operations drill 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 25, 2004.

As with other, previous emergency operations drills, objectives of the upcoming exercise are to test the set up and operations of the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and to evaluate the response and communication flow among multiple agencies to a major citywide disaster.

“We practice different scenarios every six months to improve our readiness to respond to major disasters or emergencies,” said LeAnn Coletta, Moreno Valley’s Volunteer/Disaster Services Program Manager. “Several local organizations, including both Moreno Valley hospitals, HazMat, Hazardous Device Team, AMR, March Air Reserve Base, and Moreno Valley Unified School District will practice with the city during this exercise,” she said.

“Certain key staff members are assigned specific duties in the city’s emergency operations center, but in a real disaster any and all city employees may be called upon to do everything from assisting with the general management and function of the EOC to the sheltering of displaced citizens. Agencies that could be affected by or have a major role to play in a disaster need to practice how they would work together so everyone knows what to do in case tragedy strikes,” Coletta said.

Residents may see some of emergency drill activity taking place in certain areas of the city and should not be alarmed.

For more information, please contact Moreno Valley’s Volunteer/Disaster Services office at 413.3800 or Media and Communications at 413.3053.