Local cities train in Lynnwood for emergency supply distribution

Dan Good, Emergency Management Coordinator, and Gregg Sieloff, Lynnwood Assistant Fire Chief

Just in case a natural disaster hits our area, local cities are practicing how to make sure residents get the supplies they need.

Last Wednesday, staff from Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Stanwood, Gold Bar and Woodinville came together at Lynnwood’s maintenance and operations center for the “Community Points of Distribution” training. The points of distribution are centralized locations where the public can pick up life-sustaining supplies such as food and water following a disaster.

Chandra Fox, one of the instructors from the Emergency Services Coordinating Agency, said they were pleased with the drill. “The state of Washington has encouraged city jurisdictions staff to become familiar with this process of points of distribution,” she said.

The participants went through a variety classes and practical training that included set-up, distribution of goods and closure of the CPOD. Volunteers from the Emergency Service Coordinating Agency played the role of citizens receiving the goods.

To learn how to better prepare for an emergency at home visit the ESCA’s website.

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