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Three South Coast Cities Receive Grant To Improve Disaster Preparedness

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Lance Orozco
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KCLU News
The Easy Fire burning off of Highway 23 between Moorpark and Thousand Oaks in October 2019.

The money is intended to fund the development of a regional evacuation plan and a bilingual emergency outreach campaign.

Three South Coast cities have received a joint federal grant to help them better prepare for future disasters like evacuations during a major fire.

Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks are sharing nearly $100,000 in grant money from the State Department of Housing and Community Development.

The money is intended to help with the creation of a regional evacuation plan. The goal is to also develop a bilingual emergency preparedness campaign.

During the last five years the Thomas, Woolsey and Easy brush fires impacted the the region, showing the need for preparedness for large scale evacuations.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.