The table top exercise focused on a weather disaster, the scenario being that a tornado struck portions of Northfield Township, Glenview, Northfield and Northbrook. Teams were charged with initiating their responses to injuries, power outages, damaged homes and businesses, blocked streets, and media inquiries, all while coordinating their efforts with other agencies and non-governmental bodies like the American Red Cross.The event gave participants an opportunity to assess and improve their preparedness, response and recovery plans, which is the core intent of Emergency Management Institute exercises. By allowing first responders to match their plans against a detailed exercise scenario, participants were able to evaluate the key challenges posed by the scenario, and they could then share their outcomes and observations with EMI facilitators who would bring that new information back to the Institute.
FEMA Exercise Puts Northfield Township First Responders To The Test
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