By Jim Predmore
On Wednesday morning, the City of Holtville Emergency ResponseTeam performed a tabletop earthquake drill. Participating in the drill were the Holtville Fire Department, Imperial County Sheriff’s Department, Holtville Public Works and Water/Waste Treatment Managers.
The Holtville Civic Center was set up as the Emergency Operations Center. The City public works employees were all called to check in at the EOC and received instructions of city facilities that were to be checked, including all of the schools and power and water supplies.
The scenario went as follows: at 9:05 am there is a 7.3 Earthquake that strikes Imperial Valley with the epicenter 5 miles NE of Holtville, California. 9:06 am earthquake stops shaking. 9:08am crew at fire department makes quick assessment, damage to fire station 549 Fern Ave., damage to trailer, power and water shut off. All apparatus have been removed from bays. 9:08 am on duty deputy checks damage to office at 585 Fern Ave. There is light damage, mostly electrical light down.
The scenario continued throughout the morning with city employees calling in to report injuries and injury response, missing persons and structural damage. The drill went very well. These drills are important and help keep the emergency response team prepared and ready to jump into action for when the real emergency occurs.