BEND, OR -- The High Desert Civil Air Patrol Squadron conducted a training at the Bend Airport, over the weekend, in preparation for a major quake and tsunami. Bend acted as the incident command post, as the group practiced how they would react to the massive devastation that may come with the predicted Cascadia event.
During the all-day exercise, the group used HF and VHF radios to communicate with other units across the state. They also launched aircraft to act as a relay between the Bend base and other units.
In a major quake, Bend units would be responsible for establishing communication with other parts of the state, conduct search and rescue operations and report on the extent of damage to infrastructure.