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Legacy Salmon Creek, first responders train for earthquake response

The Columbian

Salmon Creek — Staff at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center teamed up with Fire District 6 responders, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue members and local ham radio operators to train for an emergency response to an earthquake. During the emergency earthquake drill on Oct. 18, the drill was done as if responding to a magnitude 10.4 earthquake that cut off electricity, according to hospital spokeswoman Kelly Love, who added that the drill focused on immediate needs of patients, their families and handling the influx of people who were injured. “We do this because it’s vital we know what to do when faced with an emergency,” Love said. “The hospital needs to have enough power, water, supplies to sustain our patients and our staff for days in the case of a major disaster. We train to be ready to triage mass casualties.” The hospital runs several emergency drills a year.