This is a reminder of the Sunoco Table Top Exercise on September 3rd at the PennDOT building in Hollidaysburg. We will be serving a meal starting at 1700 hours. The exercise will start at 1800 hours. To all first responders this exercise will be as close to a real event as you will witness. Sunoco and the contractor have put a lot of time and energy into this exercise. If Blair County would ever have a real incident with this magnitude, we would be overwhelmed and the financial loss to all businesses affected would be staggering. If “real”, the 911 Center would be tasking all responders within the county to respond, backup, or assist filling in the next twelve hours – or longer. Everyone will learn something and have a chance to polish their skills, learn better operational and decision making skills. The exercise will be ICS and Unified Command. Share this with all your staff so they too might be able to progress into the Command section of NIMS. We currently have a mere two FD’s signed up. There is one PD (PSP) and no EMS. September 3, 2014 will be a sad day in Blair County if these are the only 1st Responders that participate. Let us not wait for another mall fire, a Lakemont explosion, or a major flood. As history repeats itself – we do not have much time to prepare for the next big incident. We all complain that Functional exercises do not have realism. Our reaction is simple on exercises, but reacting to a major incident with multi- municipalities being affected - our decisions and reactions are completely different. This exercise is for everyone not just a select few. The lessons learned from this type of exercise will enhance our preparedness, allow our response effort to flow more smoothly and perform at different NIMS command levels, and will mitigate the recovery. Looking forward seeing you on the 3rd. Deadline for signup is this Friday, the 29th. Please contact Cris Stacey at 940-5901 or email@example.com. Dan ... See MoreSee Less
The bad weather forecast for tomorrow is forcing us to cancel the commercial taping. The following week is OUT due to several scheduling conflicts. This will most likely push us into the week after Labor Day for taping, but no date has been set. I will advise further once I no more. Thanks.
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