Hurricane Ryan – Mock Disaster Response Training Has Begun


Crew evaluates storm-damaged tree for risk

After the initial response operations had subsided and transition to recovery operations has started following the fictitious Hurricane Ryan along the Virginia coast, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, and Norfolk have requested on September 6, 2013 Urban Forest Strike Team (UFST) assistance through their local emergency management officials.  The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) has called upon the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) to fill the resource request.  Through the Emergency Operations Center, John Miller and Paul Revell (both VDOF) have confirmed that VDOF can provide a Team Leader and enough resources for four UFST crews.  This will include one crew from Fairfax County, VA through the in-state mutual aid (SMA) compact. 

To round out the initial request from these cities for two Team Leaders, six UFST crews, and GIS support, a request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) operations system was submitted by VDEM Logistics Staff.  North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia EMAC representatives have responded to VDEM as locating the remaining resources. 

The Team Leader (Jim McGlone, VDOF), Assistant Team Leader (Alan Moore, North Carolina Forest Service), and GIS Specialist (Charles Bailey, Georgia Forestry Commission) will report to the exercise command center located at the Landscape Management Division offices in Virginia Beach on Monday, September 9 at 2 p.m.  The remaining resources will meet at the same location on Tuesday, September 10 at 1 p.m.  This operation is expected to end at noon on Thursday, September 12.

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