Exercise Benefits / Facts
The purpose of the Shake Out Santa Barbara County Tabletop Exercise was to assess the capabilities and capacity of Santa Barbara County’s faith and community based organization to work as a unified team to support the needs of individual and families following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake.
On a quite Sunday afternoon, residents throughout Santa Barbara County feel the ground roll and shake. Initial seismic reports indicate that a 6.8 magnitude earthquake occurred along the Santa Ynez Fault, which runs the length of the Santa Ynez Valley from the wilderness area in the east through the communities of Solvang, Buellton and Lompoc.
Within hours of the earthquake striking, local television is filled with images of damaged buildings, roads and bridges in the Santa Ynez Valley.
In the days following the earthquake damage assessment information verifies that hundreds of homes have been so gravely damaged that they can never be used again.
As the earthquake response activities begin to transition into recovery operations, the partner organizations and churches comprising the Santa Barbara County VOAD can be found coordinating recovery activities to meet the disaster caused needs of the county’s residents.
The Shake Out Santa Barbara County Tabletop Exercise was held on the morning of October 21, 2010.