Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) undertook an effort to develop, facilitate and evaluate a disaster exercise entitled “Dog Day Disaster – A Pet Friendly Shelter Tabletop Exercise”.
This exercise served as an opportunity for disaster animal and sheltering stakeholder agencies and organizations in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire Counties Massachusetts to work together as a unified team to establish, manage and demobilize a Pet Friendly Shelter.
Soil conditions are nearly saturated across the region due to recent rains.
A late season frontal boundary has stalled across the state and a low pressure system has developed just south of the front. The low is forecast to strengthen and move through the area over the next 72 hours bringing a serious threat for excessive rainfall across the region.
A Flood Watch has been issued by the local forecast office of the National Weather Service through 5:00PM Saturday.
Persistent bands of heavy rainfall are forecast within the Flood Watch area off and on today through Saturday, with a wide east-to-west swath of rainfall totals expected to reach 10 to 15 inches.
A High Threat for significant flooding exists, with many drainage basins likely to be over-topped later today or Friday. High water may accumulate in residential and agricultural areas, as well as cover roadways. Areas near small streams, drainage canals and poor drainage systems will be first to flood and will experience the most significant impacts.
The Dog Day Disaster Tabletop Exercise was held in the evening of October 5, 2011, at locations throughout the State of Massachusetts.