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Voice of Vashon Goes Live on the “Earthquake”
June 4th, 2016 - Posted in Blog
Islanders heard how the Cascadia Rising earthquake exercise unfolded and, in a way, experienced the aftermath of a real major quake. Voice of Vashon was on the air, broadcasting earthquake information as a key participant in the Exercise, June 7 to 10, 2016.
VoV’s Emergency Alert Team will serve in the Public Information Unit of the activated Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Team members will help disseminate information that would be vital to public safety in a real disaster. They will work under the direction of Vashon Island Fire and Rescue (VIFR) and in cooperation with members of the VashonBePrepared coalition and the National Guard. The team’s job will include collecting, organizing and providing information to the media — regional, national and local. And they will share the story of the emergency work being done by the VIFR and dozens of volunteers who compose the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the EOC Team.
Luke McQuillin leads the Emergency Alert Team who will feed material about the simulated quake events to, among others, KVSH 101.9FM. “In a real disaster situation, people need information and that’s our job– to provide information that aids survival and recovery,” McQuillin explained. “We will help straighten out rumors with the facts and we’ll provide information on shelter locations, how to get medical treatment and other basic needs.”
In addition to earthquake tips and exercise information on 1650AM, many of the exercise events will be broadcast on KVSH 101.9FM. Live KVSH show hosts and other VoV on air volunteers will act as reporters covering the simulated earthquake recovery action during that week’s Morning Scramble hours, 8 to 11AM. In addition, KVSH personnel will provide regular updates on what the community will actually see and experience as training events unfold during the four-day simulation.
KVSH reports will start with the Morning Scramble Monday, June 6, as National Guard troops come ashore in a large landing craft at Jensen Point and head for their camp at Sunrise Ridge. On Tuesday, KVSH disaster reporting teams will start informing the community about the mock 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Washington. They will provide safety tips and updates on the quake’s island impact. All quake updates will be clearly noted as simulations so as to avoid real concern among listeners.
In the event of a real disaster, Voice of Vashon will broadcast vital information on all its channels including KVSH 101.9FM, 1650AM, the Emergency Alert Service email list, Facebook and streaming through the station’s free VoV mobile app. In other words, Voice of Vashon will be the island’s disaster information conduit. The Cascadia Rising Earthquake Exercise represents a critical training ground for Voice of Vashon. Remember, “This is only a drill.”