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Regional Disaster Response Exercise on June 7




CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Courtney.O’, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263



SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – On Tuesday, June 7, the Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a regional aircraft emergency response training exercise that includes aircraft and first responders from state, county, and local partner agencies in the Northwest Regional Aviation consortium. The training focuses on preparing for a potential real-world earthquake and tsunami disaster response.

The exercise will take place at several locations throughout the county, including Arlington Municipal Airport, Providence Regional Medical Center, Naval Air Station Everett and Gold Bar Fire Station. Residents nearby those locations may hear mass warning announcements, active emergency response vehicles, boat activity, and low-flying aircraft.

Aircraft from Snohomish, King, and Pierce County Sheriff’s Departments along with Washington State Patrol, U.S. Navy, FBI, Customs Border Patrol, Airlift Northwest and Life Flight Network will be coordinating joint response efforts. Supporting scenarios for the exercise will include water rescues, high-rise rescues, K-9 building searches, aerial surveys, and rescue team and equipment transports. 

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Seattle Police, Seattle Fire, Snohomish County Fire Technical Rescue, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, Sky Valley Fire, Snohomish and King County Volunteer Search & Rescue, Arlington Airport, Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett Fire & EMS, Naval Station Everett, SnoCounty911 and WSDOT-Aviation will all be participating in the exercise. 

Media representatives are invited to observe the exercise at the Joint Information Center which will be located at the Arlington Airport. Please RSVP to Courtney O’Keefe or Mandy Kruger.  

Additional Media Contacts:

  • Media may contact Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Director of Communications Courtney O’Keefe at (425) 249-6263, regarding the disaster response exercise.
  • For information about the Northwest Regional Aviation consortium, contact Bill Quistorf at (425) 754-5489. 
  • For information about the Arlington Airport exercise activities, contact the City of Arlington PIO, Mandy Kruger at (360) 403-3444.
  • For information about Navy exercise activities, contact Naval Station Everett Public Affairs at (360) 340-5321.