NLE 11 – Test Your Organization’s Resilience

The U.S. government conducts a National Level Exercise (NLE) each year to prepare for and coordinate a multijurisdictional integrated response to national catastrophic events.  NLE 2011 will simulate the disastrous nature of a catastrophic earthquake in the central United States by focusing on the New Madrid Seismic Zone and will include parts of eight States—Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee—and four Federal Emergency Management Agency regions.

More than 40 million people live and work in the central United States, and a major earthquake could potentially cause unprecedented disruption and devastation to businesses and local infrastructure.  To prepare for a national catastrophic event of this magnitude, the U.S. government has several overarching objectives for NLE 2011.  These objectives include demonstrating the ability to:

• Maintain a continuous flow of critical information for the duration of the earthquake response operation.

• Execute an effective national media strategy in response to a catastrophic earthquake.

• Ensure that affected and at-risk populations are safely sheltered-in-place and/or evacuated to a safe refuge area, and are effectively and safely returned following the event.

• Provide mass care services (shelter and food) for the affected general populations.

• Expand healthcare resources to provide medical personnel and logistics support to deliver triage, treatment, and medical care.

• Implement recovery processes after a catastrophic earthquake, including establishing recovery priorities, assessing the economic impact, and coordinating and implementing recovery and relief plans.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking the participation of public and private critical infrastructure partners for NLE 2011.  A National Private Sector Working Group (NPSWG) has been established to ensure collaboration during the design, planning, and execution phases of the exercise.

NLE 2011 activities will take place at command posts, emergency operation centers, and other locations, including Federal facilities in the Washington, D.C., area as well as Federal, State, regional, tribal, local, and private sector facilities in the eight member States of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC).  You can be part of this unique exercise by contacting: private.sectorNLE@hq.dhs.gov

 

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