Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management undertook an effort to develop, facilitate and evaluate a disaster exercise entitled “Canopy Oaks – An EOC Activation Exercise”.
This exercise served as an opportunity for the county to assess the full integration of the internet based Incident Tracking System into the activities and actions of the various Emergency Support Function (ESF) Lead and Support Agencies in the aftermath of a hurricane.
It is early July and local citizens have been following the approach of Hurricane Alberto as it moves through the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Projections from the National Hurricane Center indicate that the storm will make a left turn and head towards Texas.
The turn to the west never comes and in the early morning hours the storm slams into the coastline just south of Tallahassee with strong category two winds and a storm surge on top of a high tide.
After the storm has moved through the Leon County numerous governmental agencies along with community and faith based organizations are coordinating response and recovery activities as a unified team working out of the county’s Emergency Operations Center.
The Canopy Oaks Tabletop Exercise was held on the morning of March 25, 2010, at the Leon County Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee Florida.