For Immediate Release – Santa Monica Airport

18 Jan 2017 3:14 PM | Anonymous

For Immediate Release – Santa Monica Airport

Disaster Preparedness Exercise with Ten Aircraft

Los Angeles – Friday, January 13, 2017 — The American Red Cross and SMO (Santa Monica Airport) DART (Disaster Air Response Team) announce their cooperation on a disaster preparedness exercise at Santa Monica Airport, (SMO) on Saturday, January 14, 2017 10.30am to 12.30pm, delivering critical supplies to the Public Observation Deck at SMO at 3223 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, California, 90405

In a simulated earthquake major scenario, the 405 and10 Freeways are impassable and PCH is closed. Although damaged, KSMO has enough usable runway for small aircraft.

A group of volunteer pilots will fly in Red Cross Critical Supplies from Whiteman, Van Nuys, Brackett, Compton and Torrance airports. Ten aircraft will be acting as an “air bridge” for Red Cross ground transport in surrounding regions, supporting Red Cross in West Los Angeles. This is a practical demonstration of the City of Santa Monica “All Hazards Mitigation Plan” which lists SMO as “Critical Infrastructure” in a disaster.

SMO (Santa Monica Municipal Airport) DART (Disaster Air Response Team):
SMO DART is a group of volunteer pilots, providing their time and aircraft to assist the community in a disaster. The City of Santa Monica “All Hazards Mitigation” lists Santa Monica Airport as “Critical Infrastructure.” The SMO DART offers a practical example of how SMO will be used to mitigate disasters. SMO DART is sponsored by the Santa Monica Airport Association,(SMAA) a local, non-profit organization of pilots and, local aviation businesses. SMAA is run by volunteers and depends on the generosity of sponsors and donors to perform its mission. Visit

Media Contacts:
Christian Fry, Tel: (310) 849-1976 Dave Hopkins Tel: (310) 990-2045

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Media Contacts:
Julie Thomas Tel: (310) 922-2046 Fred Mariscal, Tel: (310) 943-5266 

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