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By Lou Marzeles

Getting ready for the worst


Contributed: Jeff King

SIX FLIGHTS TO GO: A litter carrying a mock victim during a recent emergency exercise at Puget Sound Energy makes its way slowly down the face of a tower at the facility.

Jeff King plans for disaster.

The head of Klickitat County Search and Rescue volunteers has an additional job with the county's Department of Emergency Management (DEM), working with director Ed Powell to plan ahead for any number of calamities that might hit the area on a broad scale. They're called MCI or MFI, innocuous seeming acronyms that stand for Mass Casualty Incident or Mass Fatality Incident. And surprisingly, what constitutes "mass" is a very small number in Klickitat County.

"When we say mass casualty or mass fatality," King says, "people think of tens of people, maybe into the 20s or 30s, something of that nature. But the definition is when our local resources-emergency medic...

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