Exercise Benefits / Facts
This exercise served as an opportunity for Rotarian’s to assess their capabilities to prepare for and respond to a hurricane striking their community. During the exercise Rotarian’s had the opportunity to utilize their clubs Emergency Operations Plan to prepare for an approaching hurricane. Then in the aftermath of the storm exercise participants worked through the various activities associated with community response and recovery activities.
It is mid-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 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 local residents and business owners begin to follow the projected path of the season’s first Tropical Storm. Soon the storm strengthens into Hurricane Alberto as it continues its forward movement. The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor the storm via satellite and Hurricane Hunter planes as it continues to intensify.
Hurricane Alberto has stayed true to the course that has been predicted by the National Hurricane Center and has grown into a mid-sized category two storm.
During the previous 24 hours the forward movement of Hurricane Alberto has increased and the National Hurricane Center has now posted a Hurricane Watch along the coastline indicating that the storm should be making landfall within the next 24 to 36 hours.
The Operation REDI Tabletop Exercise was facilitated in the afternoon of February 12, 2011.