Lincoln County To Host Emergency Demonstration For Disaster Preparedness

Lincoln County is privileged to host the U.S. Naval Third Fleet, the Oregon Military Department and the Washington Military Department for a Defense Support Civil Authority Coordination Demonstration on July 31, 2017, 8:30am – 10:30am at Yaquina Bay – South Beach Marina, Newport, Oregon. The U.S. Third Fleet, on their way to the Seattle Seafair on August 3rd, will stop over outside of Yaquina Bay (Newport, Oregon) and deploy an amphibious landing craft unit (LCU) to navigate into Yaquina Bay and conduct a landing at the South Beach Marina.

The LCU will then off-load engineering equipment and reload with emergency vehicles from the City of Newport, Oregon Military Department and the Washington Military Department. The Washington Military Department resources and personnel will travel onboard the USS ANCHORAGE (LPD-23) to Washington to complete the exercise on August 1st, at the Westport Marina in Grays Harbor, WA.

The interest to sponsor the demonstration is directly linked to the after action review process of the Casadia Rising multi-state exercise conducted June of 2016; the exercise identified the need to simulate domestic response efforts across all levels of governmental agencies. The focus of the demonstration is to showcase capabilities at all levels of government to order, distribute and receive emergency resources along the Oregon Coast during a catastrophic disaster response.