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Released On: November 12, 2010

Shasta Dam Area to be Closed for Full Scale Emergency Exercise

The Bureau of Reclamation, in conjunction with other federal, state and local agencies, will be conducting a full scale emergency exercise at Shasta Dam on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. The exercise will take place at a variety of locations in the vicinity of Shasta Dam over a 12-hour period. Due to security and safety concerns, all exercise training events are closed to the public. The roads leading to Shasta Dam, which include Highway 151, will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the intersection of Shasta Dam Boulevard and Lake Boulevard.

Fishermen's Point Day Use Area and Centimudi Boat Ramp will be closed, and boaters intending to use the area on that day should make alternate plans. Access across Shasta Dam to the Chappie-Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area (OHV) will also be closed. Riders planning to use the OHV area are asked to access the area from the Copley Mountain Staging Area off Iron Mountain Road for the duration of the exercise. For their own safety, and to ensure a successful training event, the public should stay away from the closed areas.

The purpose of the security-based exercise is to establish a training opportunity for first responders and to employ emergency response and security plans, policies and procedures as they pertain to a potential terrorist threat at Shasta Dam.

More than 250 individuals are expected to participate in the training as they would in an actual emergency. This exercise is designed to allow Reclamation and its partners to practice plans and operating procedures developed specifically to address threats to Shasta Dam. The exercise is also expected to enhance the working relationships and communication among local, state and federal agencies that would assist in the event of a real emergency.

Media Briefing:

What: Media Briefing/Orientation of Emergency Exercise at Shasta Dam

When: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Where: Shasta Dam Visitor Center Auditorium, 16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake, CA (at Shasta Dam)

For questions or concerns about the exercise, please contact Sheri Harral, Bureau of Reclamation, Public Affairs Specialist, at 530-276-2030 (TTY 530-275-8991) or e-mail sharral@usbr.gov.

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