Exercise Benefits / Facts
During Florida’s annual statewide hurricane exercise participants at the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) Conference in Orlando had an opportunity to participate in “Hurricane Reddish – Florida’s Volunteer Responder Tabletop Exercise”
Three important components of disaster response and recovery were played out during this exercise: Behavioral Health, Casework Management and Mass Care.
It is mid-July and citizens throughout Southeast Florida 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 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 number and severity of hurricanes within the next few weeks.
By late July residents, business owners and government officials begin to follow the projected path of the season’s first tropical storm. Soon the storm strengthens into Hurricane Reddish as it begins to move through the mid-Atlantic.
The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor the storm via satellite and Hurricane Hunter planes as it continues to intensify. Projections indicate that the storm will continue on its westerly course an pass well to the south of Florida.
With an unexpected shift in steering currents the National Hurricane Center revises its projected course of the storm. It is expected to make landfall in Southeast Florida within 48 hours.
The Hurricane Reddish Tabletop Exercise was facilitated on May 12, 2010, during the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster Conference held in Orlando Florida.