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"THE BIG ONE" STRIKES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN EDISON'S ANNUAL EMERGENCY DRILL

 ROSEMEAD, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The earth ruptures and shakes at supersonic speed -- the San Andreas delivers the "Big One" -- a magnitude 8.3 knock-out punch to Southern California. Communications are down, highways are closed, and power lines are destroyed. Luckily, it's only an emergency drill played out today at Southern California Edison.
 "A major earthquake could strike Southern California at any time. In only a minute of shaking, vital services of every kind -- electric, gas, water, and telephone -- will be damaged or destroyed. Conducting an emergency drill gives us a chance to see how well prepared we are to handle an event of this size," said Jeff Wright, manager of emergency preparedness at Edison.
 Other utilities, such as the Department of Water and Power, GTE, and the Gas Company, along with the California State Office of Emergency Services participated in the drill at their respective command centers. "The drill is designed to test not only internal communications at Edison, but how well other utilities and government agencies network together under emergency conditions," Wright said.
 Over 1,000 Edison employees reacted to hundreds of emergency drill "messages," testing their responses to numerous situations. The employees simulated responses ranging from ordering new power poles to requesting additional service repair crews from nearby states.
 "Edison's drill draws upon the many 'lessons learned' by other utilities responding to the Midwest floods, Hurricanes Andrew and Iniki. Edison's emergency drill is a corporate-wide, full-scale dress rehearsal for when the 'Big One' strikes," he added.
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