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Twister Wind Tabletop Exercise

Exercise Overview

Exercise Benefits / Facts

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management undertook an initiative to design, conduct and evaluate an exercise entitled “Twisted Wind – An EOC / Severe Weather 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.

Exercise Scenario

Day 1 – Wednesday – 5:24PM

It is mid-June and severe weather associated with a line of thunderstorms moving through the area prompts the local forecast office of the National Weather Service to issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for counties throughout the region.

NOAA Weather Radios and Smart Phones with the NOAA Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) App sound their alarm due to the Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

Derecho Awareness Video

Access the Derecho Awareness video for information regarding this type of severe weather.

Exercise Briefing

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.

Exercise Conclusion

The Twisted Wind Exercise was conducted at locations throughout the State of Virginia between September 2015 and July 2016.