High Desert SP, California Correctional Center partner with others to help evacuees
By Lt. Gregory Crowe, AA/Public Information Officer
High Desert State Prison
When 60 residents of a nursing home needed to be evacuated during a brutal storm, two California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facilities were ready to assist.
On Friday, Feb. 6, Susanville Police Department, Susanville Fire Department, High Desert State Prison (HDSP), California Correctional Center (CCC) and Lassen County Public Health responded to Lassen Nursing and Rehabilitation in Susanville to evacuate the residents.
As a crew worked to repair the building’s damaged roof, Lassen Rural Bus shuttled evacuees to Jensen Hall at the Lassen County Fairgrounds to ride out the storm.
HDSP assisted by providing a 50-bed mobile medical unit which included cots, pillows and bedding for the residents. CCC provided laundry services for the evacuees.
Public agencies quickly pulled together in a time of need, according to officials, demonstrating the benefit of being a close-knit community.