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  • Pima OEM leads Mass Care Exercise

    May 24, 2018 | Read More News
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    When natural or manmade disasters occur, casting hundreds or thousands of people’s lives into disarray, how can the government keep the public safe while maintaining governmental functions? Answering these types of questions is what Pima County Office of Emergency Management plans and trains for. mass care

    “The Pima County Office of Emergency Management believes that preparedness through education and training is less costly than learning through tragedy,” said Jeff Guthrie, Director of Pima County Office of Emergency Management.

    In its on-going efforts to stay prepared, Pima County Office of Emergency Management led a training exercise May 22 as part of the statewide National Mass Care Exercise. Arizona is the fifth state to host the National Mass Care Exercise, which supports the National Mass Care Strategy to ensure agencies can work together to meet the needs of catastrophic incidents.

    The Mass Care Exercise tested regional first-responder agencies and cooperating organizations ability to manage a coordinated response. For this training event, the scenario involved a response to a scenario involving an influx of people fleeing the aftermath of a massive earthquake in southern California.  

    Participants went through the steps to open shelters, organize food distribution, provide health services, and disseminate public information to test regional governments and participating agencies’ ability to effectively establish and manage coordinated responses within 24 hours. 

    To add to the realism of the training, actors representing California evacuees converged on the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library in Marana requesting assistance. Exercise participants also were 

    Representatives from more than 20 federal, state, tribal and local government agencies along with private sector organizations participated in the training event held at the Pima County Emergency Operations Center. 

    “Our Emergency Operations Center team and first responders are prepared to address the needs of the community during times of disaster and exercises like this help build that foundation,” Guthrie said. 

    Stay informed prior to, and during large-scale emergencies at Pima County Emergency Alerts, a central source for information on any developing events and also provides preparedness resources and relevant contact information.

    Also, sign up to receive notifications during emergency situations at MyAlerts.pima.gov.  MyAlerts mass notification system can quickly and reliably push emergency messages to many of your electronic devices. Subscribers receive emergency alerts, instructions, and information when it counts.