This is part of a series about the largest disaster exercise conducted in Washington State history called Cascadia Rising, 2016. See the other blogs here.
Here is only a very small sampling of the 20,000 participants spread across three states and federal and military headquarters. These people were found in the Washington State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the surrounding campus. Mouse over the pictures to see more.
EOC Supervisor keeps the EOC floor running smoothly.
The state meteorologist keeps the EOC up to date on the weather which might affect sheltering or fire suppression.
The EOC section chiefs organize their staff in response to the objectives.
Planning organizes the EOC’s next steps.
Admin & Finance handle staffing issues within the EOC and track expenses for after the disaster.
Deborah Henderson (left) and Zoe Choate (right) schedule staff so that the EOC always runs smoothly.
Public Information Officer directs external relations staff to provide information to the public.
Logistics organizes state resources.
Amateur, or ham operators help the EOC if their phones and email are down.
Joe Benei from IT helps to maintain the EOC computers, audio/visual and conferencing equipment.
Lots of players are participating in the exercise. Here’s a few.
Steven Friedrich helps to draft news releases and monitor/respond to social media sites.
Rafael Estevez work closely with communications and command staff to translate messages for the public. He knows Spanish, Arabic, Korean, and American Sign Language.
The media is an important link for getting life-saving information to the public.
This cameraman is getting b-roll of the SEOC floor supervisor running the general staff meeting.
Wireless carriers deploy quick response trucks to reestablish cellular coverage.
GIS map makers update the EOC map with reported damages like broken fuel pipes, unpassable roads, collapsed bridges, etc.
The mass care workforce includes people who help displaced livestock and pets.
The National Guard supports the state with vehicles and manpower.
Active military prepare to mobilize helicopters, trucks, to help the state find survivors and clear roads.
FEMA personnel support state work with subject matter experts, funding, and by liaising with the military.
The Red Cross personnel help operations staff set up mass care shelters.
David Postman, Governor’s Chief of Staff, receives regular briefings.
The Emergency Management Director sets response priorities and directs resources.
Governor’s Policy Advisor on public safety, Jim Baumgart weighs in.
Chris liaises with state legislature to keep them up to date on the disaster response.
Observers from Pacific Command are here to see how Pacific Command interfaces with state and federal agencies.
Lit Dudley, Controller and Evaluator Lead talks to the media about how the exercise is administered.
Evaluators track the functioning of the players in the exercise and make recommendations for improvements.
Observers from University of Washington and other states or agencies study the exercise for ideas to take back to their own agencies.
Therapy dogs visit to bring a smile to victims and responders alike (profile in future blog).
Emergency Management Division staff provide much needed coffee and food. Truly a critical component of the EOC staff!
On the other side of I-5, staff at the Venue Control Center monitor exercise activity to see how well we did.