Released On: June 27, 2003
On Thursday June 26, 15 local, state and federal agencies gathered to discuss how they would respond to an emergency just like that. This â€œmake-believeâ€ event is called a tabletop emergency exercise.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation Division Five hosted and participated in exercise activities with an impressive array of representatives from Custer County and Clinton Emergency Management, the West Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Custer County Safety Coordinator's office, Clinton Fire Department, Clinton Police Department, City of Clinton Public Works, Washita National Wildlife Refuge, Foss Reservoir Master Conservancy District, Foss State Park, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Weather Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation.
In these types of exercises worst case scenarios are contemplated so that responding agencies may be better prepared for any level of emergency that could possibly occur. The purpose of emergency exercises is to help ensure coordinated notifications are made, to promote coordinated multi-agency response, and to provide an opportunity for agencies to evaluate their emergency plans.
Exercise participants walked away from Thursdayâ€™s exercise with a clearer understanding of each agency's roles and the responsibility each would have if called upon to respond to such a disaster. Fortunately, recovery efforts for this â€œdisasterâ€ will amount to nothing more than updating emergency plans.
Questions regarding Foss Dam emergency planning may be directed to Mr. Lew Hall, Emergency Management Activities Director, Bureau of Reclamation, at (405) 606-2913.
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