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by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher DeHart, Army North PAO
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — As hurricane season approaches, agencies at all levels of government acted to continue collaborating and coordinating their plans on handling such emergencies for the regions of North America; among these partners were members from U.S. Army North and U.S. Northern Command.
            A rehearsal of a two-hurricane landfall scenario was the tool used to focus these groups as they meet April 3-5 at a Fort Sam Houston rehearsal facility.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard Bureau, and U.S. Army North, to name a few, met and discussed the best ways to use this tool to help the regions identify or discuss actions, reactions, gaps, and mitigations to these gaps, decision points and triggers, for what would indicate moving from one phase of an operation to the next, said Maj. Edward La Luz, the lead planner for this scenario with Army North’s future operations section.
“We want to synchronize and coordinate with all our interagency partners who work with FEMA and bring these interagency, (Department of Defense) and private sector key players together and go over the (Defense Support of Civil Authorities) construct and identify gaps, and find mitigation for those gaps, and synchronize all of it in order to save lives and fulfill the Army North mission,” La Luz said.
He explained that the first day began with topical and regional discussions before heading into breakout sessions. In the afternoon, the regional breakout sessions kicked off. There was also participation from the Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional and Canada Command, as both countries shared their best practices. It provided the partners an opportunity to learn from one another in an exchange of information.
Col. John Tully, the chief of operations with Army North, said all participants here are also learning the various roles and responsibilities each will have during such an event and added that it is an opportunity to understand the various capabilities in the case of a hurricane response.
“Historically, we (Army North) have sponsored this interagency rehearsal of operational concept,” Tully said. “It is in our best interest because as Northern Command’s Joint Forces Land Component Command, if there is a large DoD response to a manmade or national disaster within the United States, we play a key role in NORTHCOM in facilitating military support to the primary federal agency and state governments.”
The afternoon breakout sessions were important in helping the agencies synchronize their support plans in vital procedures such as health and medical services and patient evacuation. Additionally, he explained that command and control during an event like a hurricane can be very complicated in the homeland. Each of the states has its own area, and when federal forces are moved into those areas, the federal forces have to coordinate with the local agencies to provide the right support.
The scenario is important in helping all of the agencies, which could potentially be involved, to be best prepared for the hurricane season by having what they need to ultimately save lives and provide emergency relief.
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Army North hosts hurricane planning conference to enhance coordination efforts with response partners

4/4/2012
 

by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher DeHart, Army North PAO

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — As hurricane season approaches, agencies at all levels of government acted to continue collaborating and coordinating their plans on handling such emergencies for the regions of North America; among these partners were members from U.S. Army North and U.S. Northern Command.

        A rehearsal of a two-hurricane landfall scenario was the tool used to focus these groups as they meet April 3-5 at a Fort Sam Houston rehearsal facility.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard Bureau, and U.S. Army North, to name a few, met and discussed the best ways to use this tool to help the regions identify or discuss actions, reactions, gaps, and mitigations to these gaps, decision points and triggers, for what would indicate moving from one phase of an operation to the next, said Maj. Edward La Luz, the lead planner for this scenario with Army North’s future operations section.

“We want to synchronize and coordinate with all our interagency partners who work with FEMA and bring these interagency, (Department of Defense) and private sector key players together and go over the (Defense Support of Civil Authorities) construct and identify gaps, and find mitigation for those gaps, and synchronize all of it in order to save lives and fulfill the Army North mission,” La Luz said.

He explained that the first day began with topical and regional discussions before heading into breakout sessions. In the afternoon, the regional breakout sessions kicked off. There was also participation from the Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional and Canada Command, as both countries shared their best practices. It provided the partners an opportunity to learn from one another in an exchange of information.

Col. John Tully, the chief of operations with Army North, said all participants here are also learning the various roles and responsibilities each will have during such an event and added that it is an opportunity to understand the various capabilities in the case of a hurricane response.

“Historically, we (Army North) have sponsored this interagency rehearsal of operational concept,” Tully said. “It is in our best interest because as Northern Command’s Joint Forces Land Component Command, if there is a large DoD response to a manmade or national disaster within the United States, we play a key role in NORTHCOM in facilitating military support to the primary federal agency and state governments.”

The afternoon breakout sessions were important in helping the agencies synchronize their support plans in vital procedures such as health and medical services and patient evacuation. Additionally, he explained that command and control during an event like a hurricane can be very complicated in the homeland. Each of the states has its own area, and when federal forces are moved into those areas, the federal forces have to coordinate with the local agencies to provide the right support.

The scenario is important in helping all of the agencies, which could potentially be involved, to be best prepared for the hurricane season by having what they need to ultimately save lives and provide emergency relief.

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Scenario1.
 
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Maj. Edward La Luz, lead planner for the hurricane planning conference with U.S. Army North’s future operations section, begins briefing conference attendees on the events for the next three days April 3 at Fort Sam Houston’s ROC Drill Center.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher DeHart, Army North PAO)

 

Scenario2.

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Participants in the U.S. Army North-hosted hurricane planning conference attend a breakout session to discuss specific aspects of a coordinated hurricane response April 3 at Fort Sam Houston’s ROC Drill Center.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher DeHart, Army North PAO)

 

Scenario3.

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Participants in the U.S. Army North hosted hurricane planning conference listen to the opening remarks April 3 at Fort Sam Houston’s ROC Drill Center.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher DeHart, Army North PAO)

 

Scenario4.

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Participants in the U.S. Army North hosted hurricane planning conference listen to the opening remarks April 3 at Fort Sam Houston’s ROC Drill Center.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher DeHart, Army North PAO)

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