Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management undertook an initiative to design, conduct and evaluate an exercise entitled “Danger on Main Street – An EOC / Hazardous Materials Response Tabletop Exercise”.
This exercise served as an opportunity for Virginia’s city and county emergency management agencies along with their partner agencies and organizations to assess the ability to effectively manage response activities from the local Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
The Objectives of the exercise are to:
- Demonstrate the ability of the local EOC to use WebEOC to transmit information and resource requests to the Virginia Emergency Operations Center (VEOC).
- Demonstrate the ability of the local EOC personnel to gather, organize and document incident situation and resource information to maintain Situational Awareness within the local EOC.
- Demonstrate the ability of the local EOC to establish and maintain a unified and coordinated operational structure and process that integrates all critical stakeholders.
Day 1 – Friday – 1:34PM
It is a warm spring day in mid-May with low humidity and a mild breeze out of the west.
At 1:34PM a tanker truck heading south on one of the main streets through town is cut off by a mini-van driven by a teenager who is busily texting a friend.
The tanker truck hits the mini-van and swerves into a ditch, tipping on its side and releasing its contents.
An Exercise Briefing video has been produced to ensure that teams and individual team members are ready to successfully partake in the exercise. This video provides valuable information regarding preparing for and participating in the exercise.
Access and view the Exercise Briefing.
The Danger on Main Street Exercise was conducted at locations throughout the State of Virginia between September 2015 and July 2016.