MARCI STENBERG/mstenberg@mercedsun-star.com - CAL EMA assisitant secretary Kelly B. Huston, left, looks on as, Acting Secretary Mike Dayton, to California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, right, engage in conversation as they begin their tour of the Merced County Sheriff's Office emergency equipment and facilities located at Castle Airport and surrounding areas by helicopter, Wednesday, September 14, 2011, with the hopes that the location will be utilized for any distaster, whether man made or natural, that occurs within this jurisdiction.
MARCI STENBERG/mstenberg@mercedsun-star.com - CAL EMA assisitant secretary Kelly B. Huston, left, looks on as, Acting Secretary Mike Dayton, to California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, right, engage in conversation as they begin their tour of the Merced County Sheriff's Office emergency equipment and facilities located at Castle Airport and surrounding areas by helicopter, Wednesday, September 14, 2011, with the hopes that the location will be utilized for any distaster, whether man made or natural, that occurs within this jurisdiction.
MARCI STENBERG/mstenberg@mercedsun-star.com - CAL EMA assisitant secretary Kelly B. Huston, left, looks on as, Acting Secretary Mike Dayton, to California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, right, engage in conversation as they begin their tour of the Merced County Sheriff's Office emergency equipment and facilities located at Castle Airport and surrounding areas by helicopter, Wednesday, September 14, 2011, with the hopes that the location will be utilized for any distaster, whether man made or natural, that occurs within this jurisdiction.

State, county officials eye Castle as major hub for disaster response

September 14, 2011 04:58 PM