Public safety, social service agencies and volunteers will conduct a disaster drill in Calaveras County Saturday.
Officials want area residents to be aware of the training and not to be alarmed when they see a heavy presence of emergency service vehicles in the area during the exercise, set from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Agencies involved in Saturday's exercise include the Central Calaveras Fire-Rescue Protection District, Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, Volunteers, and Reserves; CalFIRE, California Highway Patrol, Pacific Gas & Electric, PHI Inc. helicopter company, West Point Fire Protection District, the American Red Cross, Calaveras Works and Human Services, American Legion Ambulance, Ebbetts Pass Fire Protection District, Calaveras Amateur Radio Society, San Andreas Fire Protection District, and the Calaveras Community Emergency Response Team volunteers.
The scenario involves the opening of an emergency shelter in Mountain Ranch simulating winter storm impacts with long term power outages community wide. There will also be a simulated multi-casualty vehicle accident prompting coordinated response from law enforcement, fire departments, emergency medical services, and trained volunteers. Cave City Road is expected to remain open during this exercise, but may be reduced to one lane traffic control with no other road closures expected.
This is the second time agencies have participated in a disaster exercise; officials said it is an annual event.