Fort Riley to test emergency management systems

By 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs

The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley will conduct a full-scale protection exercise June 26 to 28 to put all of the installation’s protection systems to the ultimate test as about 400 people participate in a simulation of several catastrophes on post.

All of the installation’s emergency management processes and systems will react as a mock helicopter crash, wildfire and tornado will strike Fort Riley and the regional area — wreaking havoc and injury.  Facilitated by the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, the exercise will allow the garrison to apply lessons learned in two previous spring and summer severe weather table top exercises and see just how well the installation would fare if the worst-case scenario became a reality.

Fort Riley has been prepping for this exercise throughout the year by testing early warning systems, planning emergency shelter areas for displaced soldiers and families, refining severe weather battle drills and standard operating procedures with every directorate on post, exercising primary and secondary command and control nodes, assembling the Crisis Action Team and setting up an Emergency Operations Center.

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