Earthquake drill held in Ashland

0609 Cascadia RisingAshland, Ore. — A multi-agency drill in Ashland tested the preparedness of first responders and city employees in the event of an earthquake.

What is normally Ashland City Council Chambers served as the emergency control center for the “Cascadia Rising” event.

It was all part of a statewide drill giving employees and volunteers the chance to practice their response should a large earthquake rock the Cascadia Subduction Zone in the region.

The premise of the exercise was to imagine the Ashland area had experienced a 6.8 magnitude earthquake – knocking out power, natural gas, and causing buildings to collapse and be evacuated.

“The practice really is how well can we respond to the changes and challenges,” said Cascadia Rising Public Information Officer Ann Seltzer. “Every agency is trying to be as prepared as possible.”

The exercise wrapped with a briefing to discuss what went well with the drill and what other resources would be needed in the event of an actual emergency.

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