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Oro Valley demonstrates readiness for future emergency situations

September 19, 2014

While Oro Valley and the Tucson-Metro area are breathing a sigh of relief as Odile glanced by without much impact, the efforts that went into preparing for a catastrophic storm are being recognized by staff and the community as confirmation of the Town’s readiness in an emergency.

“We are very fortunate that the storm did not hit our area as the National Weather Service had predicted,” commented Town Manager Greg Caton. “Our staff train regularly for storm scenarios exactly like this one, so we were prepared for what the storm might bring our community. Our Town employees serve this great community every day, and we take the responsibility very seriously to continue that great service during storms and times of need.”

In preparation for Odile, the Town of Oro Valley and the Golder Ranch Fire District partnered to launch a joint-command Emergency Operations Center. Other agencies partnering with the Town included Mountain Vista Fire and the Pima County Office of Emergency Management, who supplied most of the sandbags that were distributed. In addition, Town Manager Greg Caton allocated extra staff and resources to facilitate the September 8 storm clean-up as well as anticipated needs from this week’s storm.

Although Odile didn’t make much of an impact, the community is still recovering from the September 8 storms, and will be preparing for whatever the next significant event may be.

Families who would like to learn more about individual and family preparedness are invited to attend the Southern Arizona Urban Survival Fest on Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Kino Stadium. This free, community event is sponsored by World Care, Pima County Office of Emergency Management, Rock 102 KFMA and Vantage West Credit Union. For details, visit: http://www.urbansurvivalfest.org/.

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