Columbus Elementary participates in earthquake readiness drill
Posted on 06/08/2016

Today, McMinnville School District (MSD) participated in a multi-agency drill for earthquake readiness. County agencies including the Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC), McMinnville Police & Fire departments, and other local emergency management groups also took part in the exercise.

Columbus Elementary went beyond the evacuation protocol followed by other district schools and participated in an offsite reunification process. There was also a simulation with WVMC and three students were transported by ambulance to the hospital. The students, accompanied by staff members Tim Lynn and Kristin Clark, went through the hospital’s emergency triage protocol.  

After the exercise at the hospital, the students were invited inside the Life Flight helicopter and spoke with the pilot.  

“Practice is a critical part of any emergency plan,” said MSD Safety Manager Jack Crabtree. “Keeping our students safe is our top priority, and walking through a response protocol will help us strengthen and refine our plan if we ever need to use it.”

The county drill is part of a state and federal drill called Cascadia Rising 2016.