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THE TORREVIEJA EARTHQUAKE DRILL PLAN

On Tuesday the 5th of March, an earthquake will strike off the coast of Torrevieja. The good news is, it is a simulation to allow the emergency services to practice what they would do in a real life situation.
Around 300 emergency workers and 200 volu…

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The N332 road bridge to be closed

On Tuesday the 5th of March, an earthquake will strike off the coast of Torrevieja. The good news is, it is a simulation to allow the emergency services to practice what they would do in a real life situation.

Around 300 emergency workers and 200 volunteers are taking part, and there will be some disruption to the normal running of the city for the duration of the event, which starts at 09:30, and should be finished by 15:30.

This is the timetable of events on the day…

9:30 Start of the simulation

9:30 to 9:35 calls will be received at the 112 emergency coordination centre. A number of volunteers will make these calls, with a predefined script.

9:35 to 9:40 The earthquake will be confirmed and an emergency situation declared, implementing the “special plan”.

9:45 The town hall will declare the emergency is active, and start to compile damage and incident reports. The Mayor will declare the state of emergency and activate the Plan Territorial Municipal, including the establishing of a coordination centre, CECOPAL (Centro de Comunicación Popular y Asesoramiento Legal), at the CdT tourism building near to the Local Police office.

9:50 Major emergency teams will be mobilized. Emergency level 1 declared. Air support will also be summoned.

9:50 Determination of damage to homes and the evacuation of 100 people from the affected area to the coordination point. This will take place at the Torreta urbanisation, evacuating around 100 people, by bus, to the temporary shelters. The Local Police will oversee this operation, with the assistance of the Protección Civil

9:55 Simulation of damage to the bridge over the N-332, at the Park of Nations. One of the main links into and out of Torrevieja. Traffic will be diverted by the Guardia Civil, with the assistance of the Local Police, whilst the damage is assessed. It is estimated that the closure will last for 15 minutes.

10:00 The town hall will send a bulk email and SMS to everybody on their list, advising of the incident.

10:00 Water reservoir will be assessed for damage. Special services will be dispatched to assess the damage, reporting back to the CECOPAL.

10:05 Collapse of the mobile phone network. This is, again, part of the simulation. The mobile phone network will NOT be switched off, but in order to simulate that having happened, nobody involved in the incident will be allowed to use their mobile phone.

10:10 COMDES communication failure. This is the network used by the emergency services and a team will be dispatched to assess the damage.

10:15 Emergency centres set up.

10:30 Determination of damages that exceed municipal resources, request of external support.

10:35 Declaration of level 2 emergency situation Mobilize support resources under the Special Plan.

10:45 Evacuation of Disabled Care Centre ALPE. This is as a precaution to assess for damage, with everybody moving to the evacuation points until the all clear is given.

10:45 Communication framework established.

11:00 Steering Committee appointed at the CECOPAL, who will visit various locations to observe exercises.

11:45 Evacuation of Virgen Del Carmen college due to structural damage. Again, this is as a precaution to check for damage, once assessed, those involved will be allowed to return.

12:15 Commencement of various practical exercises in different areas, until 14:00, including mock search and rescues, building collapse simulations, featuring dog teams and the location of 13 injured people as well as one fatality, helicopter evacuation, vehicle extractions and various other activities.

13:10 Fire Extinguishing Practice. A bush fire will be identified and tackled near the sports city, with two fire engines and a helicopter involved.

14:00 Return to base for Press Conference.

The aim of the simulation is to allow the emergency services and administration to practice what they would do in the event of a reoccurrence of a devastating earthquake. Although there will be lots of photographs afterwards, this event is not a public spectacle, so no-go zones will be set up, as will the evacuation points.

Although operating in as real an environment as they can, it may be wise to avoid getting in the way of the emergency crews, in fact, it may be advisable to avoid the area completely, so they can go about their practice routine. Traffic will be delayed, and there will be a lot of unusual activity, but once concluded, those who risk their lives to save ours will be a little more prepared should a real emergency situation arise.

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