THURSDAY: City of Tampa Holds Citywide Severe Weather Exercise
WHAT: Media availability with Mayor Buckhorn to discuss the citywide exercise simulating direct hit by a Category 3 hurricane to the Tampa Bay area.
WHO: Mayor Bob Buckhorn
WHEN: June 30, 2016, 11:00am-11:30pm
WHERE: City of Tampa Emergency Operations Center
711 E. Henderson Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602
DETAILS: The Tampa Office of Emergency Management will conduct a drill to test the city’s response to a direct hit by a Category 3 hurricane.
The exercise objectives are focused on response and recovery operations within the City of Tampa in the event a Category 3 hurricane or other severe weather event hits the area.
Personnel will stand up Emergency Response Centers (ERC) and conduct a “push route.” A push route involves multiple vehicles driving down vital thoroughfares in the city to push away debris to allow for greater mobility of transportation to support recovery operations. Crews will test out the new routes using revised maps.
A damage assessment team will follow behind to test out a new data collection process. The damage assessment team will use portable electronic devices to capture imagery of damage that will be uploaded to the cloud so that personnel in the Emergency Operations Center can receive real time information about damage to public infrastructure, businesses and private property.
Following last year’s exercise it was determined that the city needed a better emergency fuel readiness plan. Mayor Buckhorn called for the formation of a Fuel Task Force which developed a plan and procedures to ensure city vehicles will be able to perform response and recovery functions during a severe weather event. That plan will be tested during the exercise.
Speakers from the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s office and FEMA will facilitate discussions.
Media Contact: Jason Penny, Tampa Fire Rescue PIO (813) 210-9911