Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management undertook an initiative to design, conduct and evaluate an exercise entitled “Frozen Over – An EOC / Ice Storm 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 – Tuesday – 10:19PM
It is 1:37PM on the first of February when the local forecast office of the National Weather Service issues its daily Hazardous Weather Outlook.
The outlook indicates a cold front will move through the region over the next 24 hours. The front is expected to produce rainfall amounts of between two and four inches as it passes over the area with temperatures remaining above freezing.
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 Frozen Over Exercise was conducted at locations throughout the State of Virginia between September 2015 and July 2016.