TEMA to hold catastrophic exercise for East Tennessee agencies

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) –  The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) will host a severe weather simulation with more than 15 East Tennessee emergency agencies, military authorities and those in the private sector.

The June 23 simulation will allow participants to practice response and recovery duties for the aftermath of a disaster.

“We’ll be exercising and evaluating capabilities in operating search and rescue missions, standing up hospitals in a crisis, establishing emergency communications, and coordinating resources among private sector entities,” said Bill Worth, TEMA’s East Region Administrator. “We play as if it is a real event to learn where we have gaps and where we can best use resources, so that in a real event everyone is better prepared.”

The Tennessee Catastrophic Exercise (TNCT) is held annually. Exercises will include recovery exercises at Bristol Motor Speedway, a hospital exercise in Johnson City, a Civil Air Patrol flyover, activating University of Tennessee’s Emergency Operations Center and planning at TEMA’s East Region Coordination Center.

The East Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (ET VOAD) will host an exercise establish a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC).

“During large-scale disaster events, governments will partner with recognized volunteer agencies to provide many services to those in need before, during and after emergencies,“ said Charles R. (Bud) Yard, ET VOAD chair. “VOAD-affiliated agencies provide shelter, food and water, and work to clear roads, remove debris and repair homes, among myriad other services to crucial to community recovery.”

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