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.
Matt earned a Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Before joining NBC5 News, Matt spent a year in Alexandria, Louisiana as a reporter and anchor for KALB News. Matt was also a production assistant at KEZI 9 News in Eugene and an intern at CNN.
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