Exercise Benefits / Facts
This exercise served as an opportunity for the Sumter County Emergency Management Department and the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County along with their partner agencies and organizations to work as a team to assess their ability to open, manage and close a shelter in the event of a hurricane.
The primary purpose of this exercise was to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the county’s sheltering plans and procedures via a series of informational scenarios and injects. These scenarios and injects dealt with subjects such as assigning appropriate staff to support shelter operations to appropriately discharging individuals during the shelter demobilization process.
It is mid-August 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 August local residents and business owners begin to follow the projected path of the season’s first Tropical Storm. Soon the storm strengthens into Hurricane Alex 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 Alex 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 Alex 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 Resolute Response Exercise was held on the morning of June 18, 2013, at the Sumter County EOC in Bushnell Florida.