Exercise Benefits / Facts
This exercise served as an opportunity for owners and managers of businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies along with their employees to learn how to become better prepared for the next HURRICANE or other natural or man-made disaster. Functioning collectively within their workplace environment, business owners, managers and employees planed and prepared for, responded to and recovered from a category two hurricane striking the Big Bend Region of Florida.
The following organizations undertook the coordination of this very unique disaster learning opportunity.
- Big Bend Community Organizations Active in Disaster
- Capital Medical Society
- City of Tallahassee
- Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
- Leon County
- Leon County Sheriff’s Office – Division of Emergency Management
- United Partners for Human Service
It is mid-July and local citizens have been complacent in their hurricane preparedness activities because this year’s hurricane season has not even seen its first Tropical Storm. Families are making their last minute plans for their summer vacations while local business owners 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 number and severity of hurricanes within the next few weeks.
By late July local residents and business owners begin to follow the projected path of the season’s first Tropical Storm. Soon the storm strengthens into Hurricane Biz as it continues its forward movement. The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor the storm via satellite and Hurricane Hunter planes as it continues to intensify.
Hurricane Biz has stayed true to the course that has been predicted by the National Hurricane Center and has grown into a mid-sized category two storm.
During the previous 24 hours the forward movement of Hurricane Biz has increased and the National Hurricane Center has now posted a Hurricane Watch along the coastline indicating that the storm should be making landfall within the next 24 to 36 hours.
The Hurricane Biz Tabletop Exercise was held on the morning of July 29, 2009, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Tallahassee.