The purpose of the exercise was to test how well local bus companies would evacuate stranded residents. The drill was planned well before the fires in Southern California. But Rick Martinez who heads the county’s Office of Emergency Services, says no matter what the disaster is they’ll need to evacuate.
"It could be a fire, it could be a flood, it could be a number of things. So our public transit provide a number of resources that we would make use of in a disaster so today’s exercise, while it was a flood scenario, could very easily have been a fire scenario."
Bus drivers were challenged with simulated route closures. Martinez says one of the things they hope to learn from the exercise is how various agencies can do a better job of communicating with each other.