County To Conduct Functional Exercise Thursday


Los Alamos County’s law enforcement, first responders, emergency management, as well as various County departments will participate Thursday, Aug. 3 in a functional emergency exercise. Developed by the Department of Public Utilities, the exercise simulates a threat to the Los Alamos Canyon Dam.

The exercise will test the viability of the County’s Emergency Operations Plan and the Emergency Action Plan for the Los Alamos Canyon Dam.  Additionally, the exercise will test the County’s ability to stand up a local emergency operation center at the police station and joint information center at the Mesa Public Library.

“Exercises are a safe way to test the County’s policies and procedures,” Emergency Commander Beverley Simpson said. “Los Alamos citizens can rest assured that there is no immediate concern with the integrity of the Los Alamos Canyon Dam nor is there any threat to life or property.”

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, the exercise will continue through the morning until 1:30 p.m. followed by an after-action meeting with exercise participants to assess response effectiveness.