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  • Emergency responders prepare for “A Bad Day in Pima County”

    Jan 21, 2016 | Read More News
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    tabletopPima County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted a tabletop Exercise titled “A Bad Day in Pima County” at Christ Community Church Wednesday morning. The goal of the exercise was to help senior leadership from Pima County jurisdictions prepare their communities and organizations to address several potential high-risk, low-frequency incidents. 

    The tabletop exercise was the first in a series of two exercises planned for 2016 and was designed to focus on strategic decision-making as well as community concerns from a high level point of view.  The second exercise will take place in May and will test tactical operations for similar incidents throughout Pima County.  

    More than 100 participants represented federal, state, and local jurisdictions, including: U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the FBI; the City of Tucson; the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Nation; the towns of Marana, Oro Valley, and Sahuarita; utility companies; hospitals; the University of Arizona; and Union Pacific Railroad.  

    The event allowed governmental and nongovernmental agencies, organizations, and businesses to evaluate their emergency operations plans, procedures, and capabilities through discussion-based, realistic scenarios. This process sheds light on potential gaps and validates community preparedness and readiness.