City disaster drill

On Saturday, June 11,  approximately 60 Mercer Island emergency volunteers participated in the 2011 annual volunteer drill coordinated by Emergency Preparedness Officer Jennifer Franklin. The drill simulated a 6.8 magnitude earthquake and focused on communications and the activation of the emergency well. The call to action came at 8:45 a.m. for volunteers to respond to the City Hall Court Room to register and be assigned positions by volunteer leads Jason King, Dr. Lee Glass, Carv Zwingle and Larry McWilliams.

Volunteer teams include medical, mental health, registration, well operation, search and rescue, sheltering, child care, senior care, animal shelter, damage assessment. Communications, transportation and resource teams were assigned various areas on the Island to practice radio communications and to test equipment and team procedures.

This drill was the first time that volunteers were assigned to go out into the field and transmit mock emergency scenarios via specially designated UHF radios. Adding to the reality of the simulated drill, the UHF radios failed to transmit and volunteers were forced to rely on the use of HAM radios much as they might in an actual emergency.

“The drill was a great success, showing how fortunate we are on Mercer Island to have such a terrific volunteer network,” said Officer Franklin. Lessons learned will be incorporated into the citywide disaster drill on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Volunteer leads are:

Registration: Sue Robboy, Lynn Meyer, Angela Decker

Medical: Dr. Carter Hill, Patti Darling, Annie Osnis

Emergency Well: Jim Kroeger, Charles Bruhl

Search & Rescue: Abraham Dunn

Shelter: John Frazier, Joan Belady

Mental Health: Dr. John Dunne, Dr. Kim Lampson Reiff

Child Care: Erin Koehler, Barbara Luther

Senior Care: Beth Cordova, Jim Hunt, Robert Wyde

Animal Shelter: Bonnie Miller, Kere Kemp

Damage Assessment: John Nielsen

Communications: Dave Cook, Woody House

Transportation: Bob Bersos, Sandy Yollin, Dean Corrigan

Resource Tracking: Bob Ewing, Andrew King

Officer Franklin can be reached for additional information at (206) 275-7905 or by e-mail at

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