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July 12, 2019

Disaster Shelter Drill

The Del Mar Center has been designated to be the first Disaster Shelter to be opened should The Sea Ranch community be affected by a catastrophic event. To prepare for such an incident, on July 12th, fifty-four Sea Ranch Disaster Response Volunteers and the Anchor Bay Amateur Radio Club came together to set up the Del Mar Center as a Disaster Shelter, using the scenario that a 7.5 earthquake had occurred on the North California Coast. It was hard work, but spirits were high, attitudes positive, and teamwork flourished. This is how it all went down:

Prior to opening any shelter many items must be checked for safety and usability. Chris Howard, Directory of Safety and Security, reviews opening criteria with Shelter Managers Joyce Perkins, Paula Smith and Joanne Angerame. Outside parking areas are inspected for tripping hazards. Locations of the generator and propane tanks are reviewed as well as the recording of fuel levels. General inspections followed to note condition of plumbing, electrical and various rooms within the shelter.

At 9AM, everyone gathered in the DMC Hall for a quick briefing then divided into their perspective groups: Medical, Food, Animal, Registration and Dormitory, and Information and Communications.

While supplies were pulled from storage and transported to the facilities, groups prepared for off-loading.

First-priority for supply delivery was given to the Medical/Surgical area where the medical team immediately organized to receive patients, followed by setting up the Medical Registration/Triage section.

The Registration section was readied and the Dormitory crew set up the DMC Hall using supplies from our local American Red Cross trailer.

The Kitchen group lead by Ben Klagenberg, organized a team who would later prepare a fabulous lunch using the resources that have been stocked to feed our community.

The Information and Internal Communication section made themselves ready to share news to loved ones and keep everyone informed on the status of the events as they unfolded.

The Animal Shelter staff prepared the Equestrian Center to receive and care for animals who would be affected by a disaster.


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