Preparing for the inevitable

Rotary partners with county on disaster distribution drills

Oct 04, 2018
Courtesy of: Mill Creek Rotary Dr. Michael Mallahen (with sign) directs cars through the simulated pick-up line for the Community Point of Distribution drill held in Everett last month. Leading by example, the Mill Creek Rotary hopes other civic organizations also will play a role in the CPOD drills to be ready to help supply residents with food, water and medical supplies during an actual emergency.

Working with guidance from authorities from the Snohomish County Depatment of Emergency Management, volunteers from the Mill Creek Rotary Club took part in an intense training to be able to provide vital food, water and medical supplies to residents of the city in the event of a disaster.

Eighteen Rotarians and many of their spouses took place in the training on Sept. 22 at the DEM headquarters in Everett.

The distribution simulation was staged as part of an effort to relieve first-responders from being forced to take time away from life saving efforts.

"The Rotary Club of Mill Creek is looking forward to providing this service to the Greater Mill Creek Community," said Rotarian Pam Olson. "We hope to see other Rotary Organizations join their cities in this endeavor."

The distribution point for an actual emergency would be in the parking lot of Jackson High School, according to chapter spokesperson Dave Gunter.

“The Rotary has been an important part of this community Mill Creek community,” Gunter said. “The CPOD simulation was a great way to show the Rotary is helping the community.  It would provide a vital service during an actual disaster if damaged roads and bridges prevented the shelves in the grocery stores from being replenished.”

Gunter added he hopes members of other civic organizations take part in the same emergency training.  Mill Creek Rotary meets for lunch at noon every Wednesday at the Mill Creek Country Club, 15500 Country Club Dr.

For more information about CPOD or the Mill Creek Rotary, contact Gunter at 425-232-4388 or

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