Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Housatonic Valley Region – Public Health Emergency Planning Committee undertook an effort to develop, facilitate and evaluate a disaster exercise entitled “Hurricane Access – An FNSS Shelter Tabletop Exercise”.
This exercise served as an opportunity for agencies and organizations responsible for sheltering individuals with disabilities and / or functional needs an opportunity to assess their current knowledge and enhance their existing capabilities to open, manage and demobilize a Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) Shelter.
During this exercise participants were exposed to scenario information and injects that challenged their ability to work within a shelter environment with partner agencies and organizations while meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities and functional needs.
It is early September and local residents have been complacent in their hurricane preparedness activities because this year’s hurricane season has only produced several tropical storms and a few minor hurricanes, none of which have made landfall. Parents are dealing with their kids settling into a new school year while local business owners and government agencies are thinking that the hurricane season could be very inconsequential. However weather forecasters are predicting a major change in the atmosphere that could see a sharp increase in the severity of hurricanes within the next few weeks.
By mid-September area residents, business owners and government officials begin to follow the projected path of another tropical storm.
The Hurricane Access Tabletop Exercise was conducted during the morning of September 9, 2015, in Newtown Connecticut.