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Terror Practice Drill On Mt. Tabor Yesterday

Terror drills and practices in Portland yesterday
And coming Next Year in October 2007
The Big Terror Drill will be played out in Portland
I stumbled upon this information that seems took place on the 19 of September on Mt Tabor
The link is here -->  http://www.portlandonline.com/water/index.cfm?a=130683&c=djghi

The article was written by "Tricia Knoll" from Portland's Public Information
I have not seen nor heard hardly anything on this subject of a drill on Mt Tabor
This post is because I wanted to help spread the information about what is going on in our city.

From FEMA School:
I know what I'd be doing in Portland today - the Portland Office of Emergency Management (POEM) is coordinating an emergency drill. Today the Water Bureau joins PDOT, the Bureau of Environmental Services, Fire, Police, Parks & Recreation, the Red Cross and other agencies in an exercise designed to test emergency response preparedness, flexibility, communications and cooperation. The drill focuses on a fictive terrorist event at Mt. Tabor Park - exercise pre-briefings suggest exercise designers built a scenario based on terrorist activity impacting the Tabor reservoirs.

I'm not in Portland today. For me the sun rose over a sultry, misty morning in Emmitsburg, Maryland . The drill in Portland begins hours from now. I'm at the Homeland Security/FEMA Emergency Management Institute's National Emergency Training Center for a week-long course on public information officer response, legal issues related to communications in disasters, public policy, and inter-agency coordination at joint information centers. FEMA pays for air travel, tuition and lodging. Other students are here from Bend, Salem -- even Guam. We're working around an exercise combining localized flooding followed by Hurricane "Tom" in a fictive southern state -- Columbia. We're grateful for the input of the southerners who talk about pulling their basic hurricane messages out of the file...

There's a bit of irony in the book the library reserved-book lottery gave me for the flight here: Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and theComing Age of Superstorms by New OrleansTimes-Picayune reporters John McQuaid and Mark Shleifstein. It's a blow-by-blow of who knew what when, who did what and why, and what roles Homeland Security, FEMA, the Army Corp of Engineers, the State of Louisiana, and the City of New Orleans played in the decades leading up to Hurricane Katrina, during the storm and the days that followed. It compiles minute-by-minute interagency communications during the Katrina response—alongside running narratives of residents who stayed in New Orleans despite evacuation orders. The compelling journalism fills in the blanks of questions that arose during the Water Bureau's response to Hurricane Katrina. It mentions the Sewerage and Water Board's role--not as much as I'd like, but with respect. The book concludes, "A storm is an act of nature - but of human nature too."

It's that last bit - human nature - that drives the need for drills and exercises. It's human nature to think "If it hasn't happened yet, likely it won't happen." Louisiana had drilled for a fictional Hurricane Pam just months before Katrina hit - they knew what the y didn't have answers for. Storm surge and other modeling projects illustrated just how bad a hurricane strike on New Orleans would be. In Portland we worry about earthquakes -and there's human nature again... "It hasn't happened yet, likely it won't."

Emergency management programs remind us that bad things can happen - and we must prepare to communicate and work together to respond and lead recovery when they do. The National Incident Management System training that these responders (and now all Water Bureau employees) share is what makes it possible to think of tackling big disasters. The teacher here at FEMA school asked the public information officers yesterday, "How many of you have 72-hour kits at home?" Out of 40 some people in the class, scattered hands went up. Some of these folks are county emergency managers; a big chunk are fire or law enforcement responders. A few hands (including mine) went up half-way. Halfway ready? Human nature....

Tricia Knoll

Public Information

P.S. Of the organizations represented here at FEMA school, it appears only the Portland Water Bureau supports a blog. We shouldn't underestimate web tools in emergency response...The Times-Picayune, for example, went online due to the rugged determination of its staff when it couldn't print on its presses -- and got millions of hits per day. People need news when the world is falling apart. Web news may not be possible in every urgency -- but it plays a role in emergency preparedness planning.

 link to www.oregonlive.com

This link is to the Oregonians article on this type of "Terror Preparedness in Portland Subject"
I am glad there was no mention of the JTTF in these articles which I hope means they were not involved

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Keep 'em out of your neighborhood! 21.Sep.2006 07:54

dolly disaster

It's time to make plans now to keep fema, dhs and their flunkies and mercenaries out of your neighborhood. The state of disaster preparedness in this area is abysmal and if an emergency arose you can be sure we'd be Katrina-ed.
Some of us were meeting about this earlier this year but everyone was overcommitted and the group dissolved.
There is to be a huge and scary federal drill here in May called TOPOFF run by the Ministry of Homeland Security but I can't find the info again-hope someone who has it can post it.
There's some propaganda about the last one here: