What would happen in the event of a major air disaster? or there is an unexpected tsunami or earthquake? On Tuesday, June 7, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and numerous other law enforcement agencies, medical facilities, and military installations will participate in a Regional Emergency Response Training Exercise in Snohomish County to ensure that all agencies in the region are on the same page should such a disaster occur.
The exercise will take place from approx. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday. It includes aircraft and first responders from state, county and local partner agencies of the Northwest Regional Aviation Consortium. The training focuses on preparing for a potential real-world earthquake and tsunami response.
The exercise will take place at multiple locations around the county, including Arlington Municipal Airport, Providence Regional Medical Center, Naval Base Everett and Gold Bar Fire Station. Residents near these locations may hear mass warning announcements, active emergency response vehicles, boat activity, and low-flying aircraft.
Aircraft from the Snohomish, King and Pierce County Sheriff’s Departments as well as the Washington State Patrol, US Navy, FBI, Customs Border Patrol, Airlift Northwest and Life Flight Network will coordinate joint response efforts . Supporting scenarios for the exercise will include water rescues, high-rise rescues, K-9 building searches, aerial surveys, and rescue team and equipment transports.
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Seattle Police, Seattle Fire, Snohomish County Fire Technical Rescue, Snohomish County Emergency Management Department, Sky Valley Fire, Snohomish and King County Volunteer Search and Rescue , Arlington Airport, Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett Fire & EMS, Naval Station Everett, SnoCounty911 and WSDOT-Aviation will all participate in the exercise.
The exercise will also help the Navy potentially support local emergency responders in a large-scale, organized response. One of the critical tests is communication between different agencies.
As they say, “DO NOT BE ALARMED. THIS IS JUST AN EXERCISE. But it’s a big one!