Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Florida Community Bank undertook an effort to develop, facilitate and evaluate a disaster exercise entitled “Operation Storm Shield – A Hurricane Response Tabletop Exercise”.
During the exercise teams throughout the Florida Community Bank network worked through scenario information and injects dealing with the various activities associated with preparing for and responding to a category two hurricane striking their community.
It is late 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 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 early August residents, business owners and government officials begin to follow the projected path of the season’s first tropical storm. Soon the storm strengthens into a hurricane as it continues its forward movement.
The Operation Storm Shield Exercise was held on May 20, 2014, at Florida Community Bank locations throughout Central / South Florida.