Released On: September 10, 2004
"It is vital to provide our employees with the opportunity to test response and coordination ability in the event of an actual evacuation or threat," said Reclamation's Dakotas Area Manager Dennis Breitzman.
The scenario involved a wide range of activities, including a simulation of a bomb threat, an anthrax threat, emergency evacuation of the facility and moving Reclamation operations to an alternate location. Throughout the drill, an evaluation team tested the readiness and spontaneity of Reclamation employees.
"It's important to recognize that some federal offices have actually had to implement their continuity of operation plans following building fires and other events, including 9/11, so 'exercising' them makes sense," said Breitzman.
In addition to its many responsibilities, Reclamation's Dakotas Area Office manages nine dams in North Dakota and South Dakota. Functional exercises are essential in ensuring the security of Reclamation facilities in both states. In staying with Reclamation's mission to manage, develop and protect water and related resources, the Dakotas Area Office will continue to conduct exercises of this nature.
For more information, contact Greg Gere at 701.250.4242 extension 3105, or 701.226.6679.
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