Emergency drill to divert downtown Modesto traffic

11/14/2012 7:49 PM

11/14/2012 10:31 PM

A portion of I Street in downtown Modesto will be closed for several hours today for Operation "Shake, Rattle and Roll," Stanislaus County's version of a statewide medical health exercise.

Based on an earthquake scenario, the exercise consists of a building collapse drill at Ralston Tower and operating an evacuation shelter in Patterson.

Roughly 150 volunteers and staff from various agencies will participate in the exercise in various activities

Fire and ambulance services will conduct search and rescue and field triage and treatment capabilities at Ralston Tower. Law enforcement and public works personnel will manage security, and traffic operations and hospitals will exercise their ability to handle patient surge during a mass casualty incident.

The American Red Cross and Stanislaus County Community Services Agency will open and operate a shelter for "evacuees."

Ralston Tower is at 900 17th St. To accommodate the participating agencies, I Street will be closed from Downey Street to 17th Street from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Traffic will be diverted to the Five Points area at McHenry Avenue and J Street.

Drivers are asked to plan ahead in anticipation of the additional traffic.

For more information, call the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency at (209) 558-7116.

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