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Dec 3, 2009 1:09 AM by Monica Quintero

San Luis Obispo County prepared for a disaster

In the event of a disaster, emergency workers in San Luis Obispo County say they are prepared. A routine disaster drill was conducted at Camp Roberts Wednesday. It's a joint effort between state and local agencies. Those involved in the drill included the American Red Cross, San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services and PG&E. From wildfires, to flooding and earthquakes our state has seen its fair share of disasters. Joe Quiroz is with the San Luis Obispo County American Red Cross. Quiroz said, "You never know when a disaster is going to hit." But emergency workers want to be ready just in case. So, a disaster operations center was set up at Camp Roberts. This time, the focus was on the possibility of an emergency situation at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Quiroz said, "This kind of drill keeps you aware that something could happen."

Natalie Schaefer is the CEO of the San Luis Obispo County American Red Cross. Schaefer said, "A drill like this provides us with the opportunity to get everything up to date." Up to date, when it comes to proper medical supplies. They set up a nurses station. Schaefer said, "
It's for people who have any kind of injuries, and if there are medications they may need, we have the ability to help them here at the nurses station." Another area organized was the kitchen and dining so that victims could have access to food. There were even barracks for shelter. They also had display on a computer the "safe and well list" website where people can see if there loved ones are okay. Jim Medeiros, San Luis Obispo County American Red Cross, said, "Someone that is looking for them can log into the same web site and make a match basically." It's a match meant to give both parties peace of mind and another way to help San Luis Obispo county residents in the event of a disaster.

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