Exercise Benefits / Facts
Washtenaw County disaster response agencies undertook an initiative to conduct an exercise designed to assess and enhance the capabilities of the agencies and organizations within the county that have the responsibility of assisting individuals and families in the aftermath of a tornado.
During the exercise government agencies along with community and faith based organizations worked through scenario information and injects as they established a cohesive disaster response network in which timely and coordinated assistance was provided to victims of a tornado.
It is late March and the severe weather associated with a line of thunderstorms moving through the area prompts the Detroit / Pontiac Forecast Office of the National Weather Service to issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Washtenaw County at 1:15PM on a Friday.
As the line of thunderstorms continues to intensify the Detroit / Pontiac Forecast Office issues a Tornado Watch for the area.
At 3:08PM, meteorologists at the Detroit / Pontiac Forecast Office identify a thunderstorm on their Doppler weather radar capable of producing a tornado. Within moments a Tornado Warning is issued.
The Vortex Mayhem Exercise was conducted during the afternoon of December 4, 2013, in Ann Arbor Michigan.