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September 27, 2011

District to Simulate Full-Scale Natural Disaster at RFK Stadium  

“Exercise to Prepare City for Catastrophic, Mass Casualty Event and to Test Mega Shelters, Mobile Morgue, and Interoperability Capabilities”

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WHAT/WHO: As part of the National Preparedness Month (NPM) activities, the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), is sponsoring a city-wide full-scale Natural Disaster Exercise involving all District government agencies and departments.

Several Federal government agencies and non-government partners will also participate. The Federal agencies include Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Joint Forces Headquarters – Military District of Washington and the DC National Guard. Some of the non-government partners include American Red Cross- National Capital Area, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), DC Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), DC Water, Destination DC, George Washington University/Consortium of Universities, Golden Triangle BID, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Hotel Association of DC and PEPCO.
The exercises will test the capabilities of mobile command vehicles; mobile morgue; de-con units; mega-shelter operations (mass care and feeding); interoperability (radio communications); and mass prophylaxis (dispensing medicine/vaccinations).

WHEN: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon – Media Opp of full-scale exercise at RFK Stadium Lot 8

WHERE: RFK Stadium - Disaster exercise site
2400 East Capital Street, SE
HSEMA Emergency Operations Center (EOC) – Response/Recovery coordination site
2720 Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue SE

BACKGROUND: The full-scale emergency disaster exercise is the capstone event in an HSEMA-sponsored city-wide District Response Exercise Series. The goal of the exercise series is to prepare the government to respond to all-hazards events that could occur in the District.

This exercise will build upon the successes of the previous exercises and utilize a Category 2 hurricane direct strike on the District of Columbia. District agencies will utilize the recently revised 2011 District Response Plan and participate in recovery activities.
For more information on the full-scale exercise, please contact Jamie Quarrelles at 202-481-3078 or