Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Gulf County Emergency Management Department undertook an initiative to assess the ability of the county’s agencies, departments and offices to provide essential services in the aftermath of a moderately strong hurricane making landfall in the county. In addition, the various departments of the City of Port St Joe and the City of Wewahitchka joined with their county counterparts to evaluate their Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) also.
The rational for naming the exercise “Hurricane Primed” is that each and every agency, department and office of both the county and the cities should be “Primed and Ready” to continue essential operations after any emergency or disaster.
It is early July and local citizens have been following the approach of Hurricane Primed as it moves through the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Projections from the National Hurricane Center indicate that the storm will make a left turn and head towards Texas.
The turn to the west never comes and in the early morning hours the storm slams into the county’s coastline with strong category one winds and a storm surge on top of a high tide.
As the storm moves out of the area and emergency response teams begin to assist area residents, the various governmental agencies, departments and offices that comprise the cities and county assess their own damages and begin to bring their operations back on-line.
The Hurricane Primed Tabletop Exercise was held on the morning of August 12, 2009, at the Gulf County Emergency Operations Center in Port St Joe Florida.