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Countywide - Disaster Exercise to be Held at Cal State Channel Islands Wednesday
1/9/2014 8:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Operation Ready Ventura County 2014


California State University Channel Islands

1 University Way, Camarillo, CA 93012


Freedom Park

480 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010


Date & Time:

January 14-16, 2014, 9:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Agencies Responsible:

American Red Cross - Giselle Gomez - (805) 340-1651

California State University Channel Islands - Nancy Gill - (805) 479-3595

Ventura County Emergency Medical Services - Julie Frey - (805) 795-7752

Ventura County Fire Department - Captain Robert Welsbie - (805) 551-8295

Ventura County Sheriff's Office - Sergeant Eric Buschow - (805) 947-8129

Ventura County Sheriff's OES - Gil Zavlodaver - (805) 947-8054



The Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services, in conjunction with the Ventura County Fire Protection District, Ventura County Emergency Medical Services, California State University Channel Islands (CI), and the American Red Cross, will be hosting a three-day full scale preparedness exercise titled 'Operation Ready Ventura County 2014.' The exercise scenario is a catastrophic earthquake that has caused significant damage in Ventura County, specifically to the CI campus. 


The purpose of this exercise is to test four areas of responsibility: Mass Evacuation, Reception Processing, Mass Care and Shelter, and Commodity Points of Distribution.


On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the exercise will begin with a series of discussion based table-top exercises at the Ventura County Emergency Operations Center in Ventura. Concurrently, the American Red Cross will be activating a traditional shelter in partnership with the Ventura County Human Services Agency at Freedom Park in Camarillo.   


On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, numerous public safety agencies will converge upon a full-scale mass casualty incident on the CI campus. Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services first responders will encounter a number of simulated injured victims requiring rescue, triage and transport to a temporary hospital facility on campus. Numerous other non-injured victims will be evacuated and transported by local transportation operators from the CI campus to a Red Cross non-traditional shelter that has been setup at Freedom Park. Evacuees will be registered at the shelter and have the opportunity to visit a Local Assistance Center.


On Thursday, January 16, 2014, the exercise will focus on commodity points of distribution and the process for providing potable water during a disaster. During this exercise, responders will test the regions ability to transport potable water and maintain the integrity of this water in portable water bladders.


Credentialed Media Viewing Opportunity


Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 9:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.

California State University Channel Islands, 1 University Way, Camarillo, CA 93012


  • Mass Casualty Incident at CI residence halls.
  • Rescue, triage and transport of 50 injured victims to an on-site hospital on campus.
  • Mass evacuation of 150 non-injured victims to Freedom Park.
  • Public Information Officers from the principal agencies will be on hand for interviews.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 11:30a.m. -  2:00p.m.

Freedom Park, 480 Skyway Drive, Camarillo CA 93010


  • American Red Cross non-traditional shelter in large outdoor tents at Freedom Park.
  • Local Assistance Center at Freedom Park.
  • Mass feeding by American Red Cross and Southern Baptist Convention using a mobile feeding kitchen.
  • Public Information Officers from the principal agencies will be on hand for interviews.



Prepared by:

Gil Zavlodaver, Program Administrator (805) 947-8054


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

Gil Zavlodaver (805) 947-8054


Approved by:

Kevin McGowan, Assistant Director