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Corvallis will hold an evacuation exercise on Saturday

City of Corvallis
Screenshot from a video produced by the City of Corvallis on emergency preparedness with Emergency Manager Dave Busby.

This Saturday (May 14, 2022), Corvallis residents will participate in a mock evacuation exercise to help local emergency managers prepare for the real thing.

Dave Busby, emergency planning manager with City of Corvallis, told KLCC there are many reasons a community may have to evacuate.

“Everybody thinks about a wildfire, Busby said. “But it could be a gas leak. It could be an act of violence in the area. It could be a number of reasons that would cause us to ask the community to evacuate. So, it’s walking through that process for them.”

Saturday morning will start with a series of emergency alerts: Ready, Set, Go. Participating residents will then evacuate to a designated meeting place.

“They’ll check in with us there and then do a survey,” Busby said “You know, as local government I don’t get enough direct feedback and this is a great opportunity for us to learn from them.”

Busby said eleven neighborhoods plan to participate in the exercise. But, anyone in Benton County who’s signed up for Linn-Benton Alerts will get the alerts on Saturday. They’ll clearly say it’s only a test.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.