ATWOOD —The Douglas County Emergency Management Agency needs about 210 volunteers to take part in a full-scale disaster response exercise July 27 in Atwood and Garrett.
"We are looking for people not only to play the part of victims, but also residential people," said agency Director Joe Victor.
"We conduct exercises like this to ensure that we can satisfactorily meet what is needed to safeguard the people of Douglas County."
Plans call for the fake disaster to take place southeast of Atwood, with the effects of the disaster felt throughout Garrett. Local first responders will be called to the scene, and 70 volunteers are needed in Atwood and 140 in Garrett to interact with the first responders.
"Under the scenario we are playing, this exercise will take place about three days into the disaster. We need people to play the part of affected property owners who want to tell first responders their homes have been damaged, landowners and people milling around in yards and sidewalks.
"We also need volunteers to help move some donated utility poles that went down during the disaster, and we need people to assist with the cleanup of the two communities following the disaster."
Current plans call for the disaster drill to start at 9 a.m. on July 27, and Victor expects the project will be done by noon.
Victor said he would prefer people older than 18 years old to take part in the drill, and the event will go on rain or shine.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call Victor at the Emergency Management Agency office at 253-9538.
"When you contact us, we'll provide you with information as to what to do," Victor said.