Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Ocean City Office of Emergency Management undertook an initiative to conduct an exercise designed to assess and enhance the capabilities of the city’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members to work together as a unified team to support the needs of the city’s residents in the event of a hurricane.
During the exercise participants worked through scenario information and injects dealing with a category 2 hurricane striking the region.
It is late July and local residents 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 local residents, business owners and government officials begin to follow the projected path of the season’s first tropical storm.
Soon the storm strengthens into Hurricane Adam as it continues its forward movement.
The Turbulent Tide Tabletop Exercise was conducted during the evening of November 7, 2013, in Ocean City New Jersey.