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Orinda Evacuation Exercise - Saturday July 18th, 7:30 AM

Post Date:06/23/2020 4:55 PM

MOFD, the Orinda Police Dept, and the Community Warning System will hold a community-wide virtual evacuation exercise starting at 0730 on Saturday, July 18th. This exercise will involve all of Orinda (only). Moraga is scheduled for a separate date/time.  The purpose of the exercise is to refine the communication system that will be used in the event of an evacuation order in our community and to improve information sharing and coordination between relevant organizations. 

 For residents who have not done so already, please visit https://cwsalerts.com/registration/ to register in the Community Warning System. This is the primary method that will be used to issue evacuation orders, and by registering your cell phone, you enable phone and text notifications.

 On the day of the event, a simulated wildfire scenario will be run to mimic fire spread for the purpose of coordinating a time phased evacuation, in which residents closest to the threat will be notified first. This scenario will also be used to refine Fire-Police-CWS coordination and information sharing to create a common operating picture. It will also be used to test CWS notifications on a mass scale in our community.

 This will be a virtual evacuation exercise, meaning that the exercise will consist of notifications only, and will NOT involve residents actually evacuating. For neighborhoods with block captain systems, we highly encourage using this opportunity to run a neighborhood notification exercise in conjunction with the simulated evacuation orders. For neighborhoods interested in forming a block captain system, LAMORINDA CERT is an excellent resource: https://www.lamorindacert.org/

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