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Archive of Training, Drills, & Exercises: 2011

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Drills & Exercises: Winter Weather Executive Tabletop
November 2011: Winter Weather Executive Tabletop
On November 2, 2011, OEM hosted an executive decision-making tabletop exercise for agencies that play a major role in the City's Winter Weather Emergency Plan. The Deputy Mayor for Operations joined several agency heads as they were challenged to decide whether to declare a snow emergency ahead of a snow storm due to arrive in the city on New Year's Eve. The exercise also tested the 15-Point Action Plan recommended by the Mayor to address problems the City encountered following the December 2010 blizzard.


July 2011: Eyeing the Storm
On July 12, 2011, OEM hosted Eyeing the Storm, a pre-season coastal storm planning workshop aimed at increasing citywide preparedness for a hurricane.

After an introductory session and keynote address by retired U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral and former FEMA Deputy Administrator Harvey E. Johnson, the workshop was divided into two tracks.

The Executive Working Group, which included executive-level representatives from member agencies of the Coastal Storm Steering Committee, were challenged to decide whether to recommend the mayor order a mass evacuation in light of Hurricane Julia, a hypothetical Category 3 storm projected to impact the New York City area in 84 hours.

Nine Emergency Support Function working groups considered challenges and agency responsibilities related to coastal storm evacuation and sheltering. Using the Hurricane Julia scenario, groups identified and discussed their immediate actions, planned actions, resource needs, and issues or decisions in need of resolution that might arise.

"Eyeing the Storm's intent is to get us all 'leaning forward' if a hurricane threatens New York City," said OEM Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno, addressing the workshop participants. "Leaning forward means understanding the impact of such a storm on the metro area, understanding the extent of the response, and recognizing the need for agencies to maintain essential services. In other words, we'll be 'all in' if a major storm threatens the city."

More than 50 government agencies and private organizations attended the workshop.
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June 2011: Command Post Exercises
NYC OEM conducted the 2011-2012 Command Post Exercise Series in coordination with the NYPD and the FDNY. The purpose of the exercise series is to reinforce the requirement and need for unified incident command and unified operations sections in accordance with the Citywide Incident Management System (CIMS). Exercises were held in each borough between July of 2011 and June of 2012.

The Command Post Exercise Series sought to improve communications and interagency decision-making by conducting interagency command post functional exercises with each FDNY division and NYPD patrol borough. Participants are evaluated on their ability to accomplish five interagency objectives.
  • Establish and maintain a unified incident command post.
  • Establish and maintain a unified operations section post.
  • Demonstrate effective communications between the unified incident command post and unified operations section post.
  • Demonstrate joint decision making between participating agencies.
  • Ensure an effective flow of information between participating agencies.



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