"We sounded the sirens, we had the Civil Air Patrol fly overhead, we had emergency alerts go across the TV, the radio," said Cindy Henderson, Del Norte County emergency preparedness manager. "We had over 1,000 people walk out of the evacuation zone voluntarily, which was a really good exercise because when this disaster came up, we are already able to go. We already had the zones mapped up, and everybody knew whether they were in the zone or not."
"The nearest town with any shopping is an hour and a half away," Ms. Henderson said. "We are remote, so we're self-reliant. We have to prepare that we'll be by ourselves for at least 72 hours after a disaster, if not longer, so that's what we gear for."