Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management undertook an initiative to facilitate an exercise entitled “Operation Hard Luck II”.
The exercise was designed to evaluate emergency response procedures, identify areas for improvement and achieve a collaborative attitude among the participating Community Emergency Response Teams.
Overnight Hurricane Jason slammed into Palm Beach County with sustained winds recorded at 131 MPH.
Damage due to the storm is severe and widespread with thousands of homes completely destroyed. In addition to the damage caused by the storm, several hundred individuals have been injured and the death toll currently standing at 47 is expected to continue to rise.
The county’s electrical, water and sewage infrastructure has been crippled and roads throughout the region are clogged with downed utility poles, trees and other storm debris.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) throughout the region have mobilized and are assisting residents and assessing damage within their community.
- Validate basic understanding of CERT processes and procedures.
- Assess understanding of CERT Communications Standard Operating Guidelines.
- Assess the ability to gather and transmit damage reports via various methods.
The Operation Hard Luck II Exercise was held on the morning of July 14, 2012, at locations throughout Palm Beach County Florida.