Exercise Support

2017 Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Makani Pahili 2017 Emergency Power Table Top Exercise (TTX)

In February 2017, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) conducted a series of workshops in preparation for Makani Pahili (MP) 2017 to continue its’ ongoing efforts to address temporary emergency power planning requirements as required by the 2015 Hawaii Catastrophic Hurricane Plan.

Workshop participants validated lists of critical facilities in each county, identified missing data, and then used a structured process and a newly developed Facility Prioritization Tool to prioritize critical facilities that could require temporary emergency power.  The Facility Prioritization Tool (FPT) provided the ability for the first time to rapidly prioritize which facilities should receive generators in each county based on the criteria selected by decision makers.

This effort culminated with the emergency power Table Top Exercise (TTX) on July 13, 2017, which had over 60 representatives from 40 County, State, Federal, non-governmental organizations and the Private Sector.  The exercise had the following three objectives:

  • Objective 1: Formalize communications/organizational structures between county, state, federal, and private sector to meet requirements outlined in Phases 1b and 2a – Immediate Response/Life Safety of the 2015 Catastrophic Hurricane Plan
  • Objective 2: Validate the use of a temporary power task force to consolidate local/state requirements and prioritize requests for assistance (RFAs) for temporary emergency power to support critical facilities
  • Objective 3: Identify critical impacts to senior leadership, including recommended priorities for temporary emergency power

The TTX reinforced the importance of the state having a comprehensive list of critical facilities throughout the state.

“Outstanding facilitator. Nice Work!”

“The facilitator did an excellent job bringing out the impacts at the state level. He challenged the group to understand gaps and the information needed to facilitate senior leader discussions.”


2017 Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Computer Based Training Course

ReadyzoneHQ assisted the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) to develop a required 2.5-hour, professionally narrated, computer-based orientation course for the State Emergency Response Team, which includes, HI-EMA staff, Emergency Management Officers and Emergency Support Function representatives.  The course was created to meet state department emergency management training requirements and included the following topics:

  • An introduction to emergency management
  • Hawaii’s hazards and vulnerabilities
  • Emergency management basics
  • Emergency management roles and responsibilities
  • State Emergency Response Team activation

Each course contained the following:

  • Lesson Introduction
  • Lesson Content
  • Lesson Summary
  • Knowledge Check

2017 Hawaii Department of Health Strategic National Stockpile Functional Exercise (FE)

The goal of the Strategic National Stockpile Functional Exercise 2017 (SNS FE 2017), conducted on June 14, 2017, was to ensure the HDOH Department Operations Center (DOC) had the capability to effectively and efficiently coordinate an SNS response in accordance with relevant plans and procedures.

SNS FE 2017 was designed to specifically assess the following Public Health Preparedness Capabilities:

  • (Capability 3) Emergency Operations Coordination;
  • (Capability 6) Information Sharing; and
  • (Capability 9) Medical Materiel Management and Distribution.

 


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2016 Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) Dengue Outbreak After Action Review (AAR)/Improvement Plan

The focus of this AAR/IP was to collect and analyze DOH’s response activities related to a Dengue Fever outbreak. The report identified strengths, areas for improvement, recommendations, and provided an improvement plan.

 

 


2016 American Samoa Department of Homeland Security Hurricane Full-Scale Exercise (FSE)

American Samoa Department of Homeland Security Hurricane Full-Scale Exercise (FSE)

American Samoa Department of Homeland Security Hurricane Full-Scale Exercise (FSE)

Matagi ma Savili 2016 was a full-scale, free play exercise conducted over two days in support of the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security (ASDHS) – Territorial Emergency Management Coordinating Office (TEMCO). The primary goal of the exercise was to ensure that the ASDHS possessed the capabilities to effectively and efficiently coordinate Hurricane preparation and response capabilities in accordance with relevant plans/procedures.

The exercise consisted of over 370 local, territorial, federal, non-governmental and private sector organizations from 45 organizations to include an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) from FEMA Region IX, as well as the PACOM Defense Coordinating Officer/Element (DCO/DCE). The exercise focused on pre- and post-landfall operations and activities such as:

  • Multi-agency coordination,
  • Public messaging,
  • Inter-island communications,
  • Shelter Plan development,
  • Shelter staff operations (management, logistics, communications, etc.),
  • Just-in-Time Training for Shelter staff,
  • Provision of mass care services to affected populations at two shelter locations,
  • Damage assessment and reporting operations,
  • Resource procurement/distribution, and
  • Restoration of critical infrastructure.

 

‘This was one of the best exercises I’ve seen in nine years.”  ~FEMA IMAT Team member


2016 Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) SNS Full-Scale Exercise (FSE)

Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) SNS Full-Scale Exercise (FSE)

Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) SNS Full-Scale Exercise (FSE)

The primary goal of the two-day full-scale exercise was to ensure the state of Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) possessed the capability to effectively and efficiently coordinate Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) response capabilities in accordance with the Hawaii SNS plan, and related Field Operations Guides (FOGs).

The exercise included over 1350 participants, incorporated over 60 local, state, federal, non-governmental and private sector organizations.

The exercise included the following:

  • Transportation and delivery to the Receive, Stage, and Storage (RSS) site, as well as Point of Dispensing (POD) sites,
  • Use of Security and Medical Countermeasure Warehouse Field Operations Guides,
  • Use of Agency phase-based Execution Checklists,
  • Security procedures during transit, as well as at the RSS and POD sites,
  • Distribution of medical materiel at open and closed POD sites, and
  • Recovery of medical materiel and equipment.

“Great exercise for quick, fast dispensing of medication.”

“This was the first time in over 100 SNS exercises that I’ve seen so many security agencies involved in one exercise.”


2016 New Mexico Department of Health Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Table-Top Exercise

2016 New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Tabletop Exercise (TTX)

2016 New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Tabletop Exercise (TTX)

The 2016 New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Tabletop Exercise (TTX) familiarized federal, state, and local levels of government, as well as private sector and non-governmental organization participants with current EVD response plans, policies and procedures, and provided a forum for discussing the capabilities and limitations of Ebola assessment hospitals to successfully manage Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) until an EVD diagnosis was either confirmed or ruled out while awaiting transfer to an Ebola treatment center.

The exercise included four modules for discussion that began with a scenario overview. The first two modules were discussed with all participants in a plenary session. The final two modules covered topics that were discussed in separate breakout groups and consisted of representatives of each assessment hospital. After each breakout session, the groups selected a spokesperson(s) who then shared key actions/best practices and issues/gaps in response efforts. Participants concluded the exercise by identifying key action items and providing input for a hotwash of the exercise.

 

“This was the most organized and clean exercise I have ever participated in by NMDOH.”

“The exercise was well planned – thorough – as with any novel need, there are always so many logistics to address. Thank you!


2015 Hawaii Catastrophic Hurricane Plan Senior Leader Workshop

The focus of this exercise was on the ability of senior leaders to include the Governor of the State of Hawaii, the FEMA IX Acting Regional Administrator, the mayors of two neighbor islands, and other senior officials to respond to a catastrophic hurricane impacting the state of Hawaii.


2015 Makani Pahili Hawaii Department of Health Functional Exercise

This project involved the design, development, conduct, and evaluation of functional exercises for the Hawaii Department of Health to test its hurricane and COOP response plans.


2015 Ebola Response Tabletop Exercise

This Tabletop Exercise involved the development, conduct, and evaluation of tabletop exercises for the Hawaii Department of Health to test stakeholder response plans for Ebola in Hawaii.


2014 Makani Pahili Annual Hurricane Exercise

The MP 2014 exercise was a series of coordinated exercises conducted by the State of Hawaii and all four counties, as well as federal, private, and non-governmental organization (NGO) stakeholders. MP 2014 included: Seven Tabletop Exercises, Five Functional Exercises, and Fourteen full-scale exercise events. It was the largest hurricane exercise conducted to date in Hawaii.


2014 Makani Pahili Hawaii Department of Health Functional Exercise

This project involved the design, development, conduct, and evaluation of functional exercises for the Hawaii Department of Health to test its hurricane and COOP response plans.


2014 Ebola Response Tabletop Exercise

This Tabletop Exercise involved the development, conduct, and evaluation of tabletop exercises for the Hawaii Department of Health to test stakeholder response plans for Ebola in Hawaii.