As I mentioned, we will be having another exercise this month, and we will be doing it outside. Because of this, and the potential for hot, steamy weather in July, we are going to have an earlier start time. This is so we can exercise and get out of the heat sooner!
We will again set up on the grassy area between the parking lots for McCoart and Owens. This is a surface only setup – no spikes, stakes, or burrowing animals please.
The plan is this:
- Set up (7:00 – 8:00)
- Briefing (8:00 – 8:15)
- Exercise (8:30 – 10:00)
- Hotwash and cleanup (10:00 – 11:00)
I will provide 2 pavilions, two tables and two operation position chairs in addition to one for myself. If we want more sites/operating locations, someone will need to help with the gear. The plan is to use both voice and digital to pass routine messages that we might be called upon to pass during a normal post-emergency event. Responses will be at the capability of the stations set up. Digital will be on 2m and voice will be on 440. There is no power, so bring batteries and anything else you think you will need to operate.
The scenario is this:
On Thursday July 17 and Friday July 18, Hurricane Emma, a category three hurricane, roared up the eastern coast of the United States, making landfall south of Salisbury Maryland before heading inland, crossing the Chesapeake Bay and tracking up the tidal Potomac River, impacting Stafford, Prince William, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Fauquier county. The storm spawned several tornadoes, caused flooding and severe damage all across the region.
Damage includes downed trees and power lines. Cell towers, running on batteries have gone down. Radio communications are overloaded. Roads are blocked and flooded. People are expected to be in the dark for several days.
Today is Saturday, July 19, 2014. It is a lovely day and PWCARES is beginning their third day of operations. We are transitioning from life safety to recovery. It is the first shift of the day and new teams are reporting for work…
The plan is to staff the following “sites:”
- Novant (PW) and Sentara (Potomac) Hospitals
- Battlefield and Freedom shelters
- Two Points of Distribution (POD)
- Additional sites could include:
- Manassas & Manassas Park EOC
- Manassas Park Shelter
- Additional hospital locations
I will play the roll of OEM and other served agencies. If we get additional AECs to come out, they can be the ECIC!
Should the forecast predict hellfire and brimstone for that Saturday, we will move inside to the EOC at the normal time and cover another topic.