Role playing game prepares Ashland for real life disaster

Ashland, Ore — The fictional town of River City is flooding and it’s up to the public, state and federal officials to keep everyone safe from the rising flood waters.

That’s the scenario community members of the real life town of Ashland had to endure as part of a disaster training simulation.

City officials, police, fire and everyday volunteers tackled logistics, emergency preparedness and disaster response scenarios.

It’s part of a role playing game designed to challenge community readiness in case of natural disaster.

“What would happen in a natural disaster from different perspectives different stakeholders both within the community, local government, local businesses, federal government and what you would do during that event with limited resources,” said Community Preparedness Coordinator Terri Eubanks.

The event continues Saturday with a new disaster and a new group of challenges for local disaster teams to overcome.

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Matt Jordan is the Chief Meteorologist for KOBI-TV NBC5. Matt joined the NBC5 weather team in 2014 after a year as a reporter and anchor in Alexandria, Louisiana. His experience with the severe weather of the Deep South and a love of the Pacific Northwest led him to pursue a certification with Mississippi State University as a Broadcast Meteorologist. You can find Matt working in the evenings of NBC5 News at 5, 6 and 11 as well as online. Matt also has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. In addition to being passionate about news and weather, Matt is a BIG Oregon Ducks fan. When not rooting for the Ducks or tracking down the next storm over the Pacific, Matt can be found outdoors in the Oregon wilderness with his wife, his daughter and their dogs Stanley and Gordi.
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