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Red Cross Disaster Response Exercise

  • South Side of Santa Monica Airport, Observation Deck 3223 Donald Douglas Loop South Santa Monica, CA, 90405 United States (map)

Join us to watch American Red Cross and SMODART practice a disaster response exercise, responding to major earthquake using vehiclesand aircraft at SMO!

Red Cross and SMAA will plan a disaster response in Santa Monica using aircraft to offer a practical example of how SMO could serve the city in the case of a natural disaster. Our last event featured eleven airplanes flying into SMO from five surrounding airports, Van Nuys, Whiteman, Brackett, Compton and Torrance, carry simulated blood plasma, medical personal, food and supplies used in disasters. A simulated 4,000 lbs was flown. Those same five airplanes conducting five flights each in one day could carry 20,000 lbs, so operating a Red Cross “Air Bridge”.

A larger “Air Bridge” with twenty airplanes could easily transport around 80,000 pounds of about 40 tons of supplies in one day. This Red Cross “Air Bridge” is a practical example for what is envisaged by the city’s own “All Hazards Mitigation Plan” see here. The plan lists SMO as “critical infrastructure” in the case of a natural disaster (pages 36 to 39), yet the city has committed to close SMO as soon as legally permitted, without any word or plan for how it will replace SMO’s critical disaster response ability.

Schedule of Event:

5.30am : Simulated 7.8 earthquake strikes Santa Monica and Los Angeles

8.30am : SMO DART Damage Assessment Aircraft departs SMO, flies over the city of Santa Monica till 9am for a damage assessment.

9.30am : Communications relay aircraft departs SMO. Orbits SMO.

10.00am : DART "Blood Air Bridge" aircraft launch from Red Cross Processing facility near Brackett Airport, Pomona to SMO.

9.30am - 11.30am : Aircraft on static display for escorted public viewing.

For more information and tickets click here.

Free Donations to American Red Cross and SMO DART accepted.

For Volunteering opportunities, pleas contact Tyoga71@gmail.com 

Earlier Event: November 10
IAEM Conference