Day Three - Colorado Integrated Emergency Management Course
That said. We broke a lot of things (not physically...). That sounds bad but, again, it isn't. An exercise where everything works achieves little. Exercises are intended to identify weaknesses, gaps, and those things you didn't think about yet. The point is to see how capable and flexible you - as a group and individuals - are to responding to challenges. In this exercise, We tested new procedures and groups, such as a dedicated situational awareness unit. We implemented new systems, such as a wide establishment and operation of a shared collaboration site to facilitate communications between public affairs reps involved in response. We utilized an entire new resource ordering and tracking system, designed to help better understand requests received, status of approval and implementation. Our goal, which was painfully achieved (poking fun...) due to the rigorous injects and pace of our Emergency Management Institute exercise hosts, was to stress the system, see where the breaks occurred so that we could repair them in the after action phase.
Of course, we aren't done, yet. Today was only the first part of a two-part exercise. While today's activities emphasized response, situational awareness, public information and warning, tomorrow's exercise activities will focus on recovery.