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Group Practices Emergency Communication

VENETA, Ore. — Lane County’s Emergency Management Team spent the afternoon Saturday practicing how the group would communicate if a disaster were to hit.

The group simulated what could happen in an emergency if cell phones, power, and Internet signals were knocked out across the area. Officials set up a mobile command center at the Veneta Fire Station and practiced sending emails over radio signals.

With its antennas and mobile center, the group said it’s ready to respond to emergencies. “If county facilities, City of Eugene facilities, weren’t available to us, we would roll this trailer out somewhere such as the Veneta Fire Station or another location that would be conducive to getting work done,” said Thomas Germaine, Lane County emergency coordinator.

A number of other emergency management groups throughout Oregon, Washington, and California participated in the drill.

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