STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM MOBILIZES; DEPLOYS TO CAMP BLANDING FOR ANNUAL STATEWIDE HURRICANE DISASTER DRILL

Yesterday, May 16, 2016, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) launched the 2016 Statewide Hurricane Exercise by deploying the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) to Camp Blanding Joint Training Center to evaluate the SERT’s ability to function from an alternate State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). The four-day exercise will conclude on Thursday, May 19. “The SERT must be prepared to respond to disasters, even if the conditions in Tallahassee have rendered the SEOC unusable,” said FDEM Director, Bryan W. Koon. “We saw a similar real-world situation emerge in 2004, when high winds destroyed the roof of the Charlotte County emergency operations center during Hurricane Charley,” said Koon. The 2016 Statewide Hurricane Exercise scenario is two-fold, and opens with a credible terror threat to government buildings in North Florida, during which emergency operations centers across the state are targeted. The SERT mobilizes and deploys to the alternate SEOC location at Camp Blanding to assist in the response to the terror threat while preparing for the national Hurricane Kimo to make landfall in Florida. “All of our Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) and operational elements will be tested under the less-than-optimal conditions that could conceivably result from relocating the SERT,” said Koon. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30. For the latest information on the 2016 Hurricane Season and to Get A Plan!, visit FloridaDisaster.org, Follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT. #

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