Jeff Morrison Program Director Statewide Exercise – Operations Georgia Emergency Management Agency
Why Do We Prepare? Because Disasters Happen! Swissair 111 Swissair 111 Wednesday Wednesday September 2, 1998 September 2, 1998 Comair 5191 Sunday August 27, 2006
What Is An Exercise ? An An exercise is a focused practice activity that places the participants in a simulated situation requiring them to function in the capacity that would be expected of them in a real event.
Why Exercise? Exercises are conducted to evaluate an organization’s ability to execute one or more portions of its response or contingency plan. Process Equipment Staffing
Progressive Exercising Made up of a series of increasingly complex exercises. Each exercise carefully planned to achieve clearly identified goals. Each successive exercise builds upon the previous one until mastery is achieved.
Georgia Emergency Management Agency HURREX 2008 May 28-29, 2008
Georgia Emergency Management Agency Plan Review WorkshopSeries HURREX 2008 May 28-29 OPEARATIONAL READINESS Capabilities Based Exercise Development
Workshop Series Evacuation Plan (Including Pets) Special Needs Evacuation Special Needs Evacuation Statewide Sheltering for Atlantic Statewide Sheltering for Atlantic Hurricane Hurricane Aviation Support Operations Center Aviation Support Operations Center
Workshop Series Logistics and Staging Volunteers and Donated Goods Debris Management and Short Term Recovery Search and Rescue SOC/EOC Training and Exercise
Workshop Goals Review existing plans for operational readiness by state and local stakeholders. Identify potential gaps in operational readiness. Establish open lines of communication between emergency support function partners at the state and local level.
HURREX 2008 2 Day Functional Exercise: 2 Day Functional Exercise: Wednesday May 28, 2008 Wednesday May 28, 2008 Thursday, May 29, 2008 Thursday, May 29, 2008 Exercise Scenario: Catastrophic landfall of a Category 4 Hurricane upon the Georgia Coast.
HURREX 2008 Objectives Evaluate SOC capability over multi- operational periods. Demonstrate and evaluate the ability to develop and support a Common Operational Picture. Provide the ability of State and local response agencies to exercise and evaluate specific plans and procedures while interacting with State level response groups.
HURREX 2008 Facilities State Operations Center Atlanta, GA Evacuation and Re-Entry Branch Jesup, GA Aviation Support Operations Center Chatham County Mosquito Control Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
Exercise Activities Storm Inception Storm Development Pre Landfall Post Landfall
Awareness Statements Saturday May 24 - Sunday May 25 Awareness Statements: Pre-scripted. Posted to GEMA Website and distributed by GEMA Duty Officer. (PDF & Mobile) Distribution to: ESF primary and alternate contacts. All EMA Directors. GEMA Staff.
Situation Reports Monday May 26 - Tuesday May 27 Pre-scripted. Posted to GEMA Website and distributed by GEMA Planning Section. (PDF & Mobile) Distribution to: ESF primary and alternate contacts. All EMA Directors. GEMA Staff.
Thursday 29, 2008 0800 SOC fully activated to include all ESF’s Two (2) operational periods 0800 -1300 1300 -1800 Focus on Post-landfall activities Conference calls 1115 and 1630
HURREX 2008 Control and Evaluation State Operations Center 5 controllers provided by the Georgia State Defense Force 4 experienced exercise evaluators ASOC 2 controllers provided by the Georgia State Defense Force 1 experienced exercise evaluator 1 experienced exercise evaluator
SOC Evaluator Meeting June 3, 2008 Strengths: Participants approached the exercise in a professional manner. Allowed and encouraged interaction between ESF participants. Provided for multi-operational period activities.
SOC Evaluator Meeting June 3, 2008 Weaknesses: Some ESF capability may be based on a single individuals participation. Some ESF capability may be based on a single individuals participation. Concerned about capability over multi-operational periods. Concerned about capability over multi-operational periods. Consider development of checklists, written plans and procedures. Consider development of checklists, written plans and procedures.