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County emergency planners to discuss dam release scenarios

September 4, 2018

KINGMAN — Mohave County’s emergency officials on Wednesday will discuss two Colorado River exercises involving Davis Dam.

The Mohave County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet to discuss the Bureau of Reclamation’s planned exercise held Wednesday and Thursday, county emergency management coordinator Byron Steward said.

The exercise involved a scenario requiring the release of water from one of the Colorado River dams.

Classroom training was held Wednesday. Thursday included activation of the emergency operations center and a real-time practice scenario, Steward said.

The committee also will discuss the Coyote Crisis Collaborative Significant Event Readiness Forum to be held Sept. 28 at the Blue Water Casino in Parker. The group will discuss the action plan for a strong earthquake in Bullhead City.

The earthquake scenario includes major damage to Davis Dam, causing a release of water downstream, requiring evacuations of all communities along the Colorado River from Bullhead City to Yuma. The exercise involves schools, hospitals and first responders, Steward said.

Another training exercise will be held Oct. 26 in Lake Havasu City and involves an active shooter scenario at a school campus.

Several exercises include an incident command training Sept. 26-28, Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1 in Kingman involving first responders. Another classroom exercise Nov. 7-8 in Kingman includes training for public information officers.

The committee will hear an update on a national mass care exercise with a scenario of an earthquake hitting California and the possible influx of survivors entering Arizona. The committee also will get an update on the monsoon season and resulting flooding and recent fires, Steward said.

LEPC will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Lake Havasu City Fire Department Station 2 at 2065 Kiowa Blvd. Meetings are open to the public.

The LEPC meets quarterly to review the county’s emergency plan, federal and state grants, training, exercises and disaster scenarios. The next meeting will be held in December.

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