Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Santa Rosa County Emergency Management Office undertook an initiative to design, conduct and evaluate an exercise entitled “Santa Rosa Stability – A Continuity of Operations Tabletop Exercise”.
This exercise served as an opportunity for the agencies and organization that support response and recovery activities within Santa Rosa County to assess their Continuity of Operations (COOP) capabilities before, during and after a category two hurricane.
It is late July and local residents have been complacent in their hurricane preparedness activities because this year’s hurricane season has only produced several tropical storms and a few minor hurricanes, none of which have made landfall. Families are making their last minute plans for 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 severity of hurricanes within the next few weeks.
By early August area residents, business owners and government officials begin to follow the projected path of another tropical storm.
Soon the storm strengthens into Hurricane Joan as it continues its forward movement.
The Santa Rosa Stability Exercise was conducted on July 8, 2014, at locations throughout Santa Rosa County.