Maremoto II: Maremoto del Océano Atlántico is a Continuity of Operations based full-scale exercise that is designed to test an agency’s Continuity of Operations plan. The scenario will include a major volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands with a subsequent tidal wave crossing the Atlantic Ocean and impacting the Caribbean. This event will cause extensive damage to San Juan and its outlying areas. Objectives will focus on Alert Notification, Relocation, and the ability to maintain an agency’s essential functions. Maremoto II: Maremoto del Océano Atlántico is the second event of a five-year exercise training cycle.
Year 1: Tabletop
Year 2: Relocation Full-Scale Exercise
Year 3: Reconstitution Full-Scale Exercise
Year 4: Devolution Full-Scale Exercise
Year 5: Pandemic Full-Scale Exercise
Puerto Rico Exercise Specifics: This exercise will take place on December 5-7, 2011. FEMA will manage the Exercise Control Cell. December 5th will comprise of a Communications Test. On the evening of December 5, a testing of Alert Notification capabilities and processes will take place and kick off the exercise. This portion of the exercise requires no physical relocating. Participants will be notified of the occurrence of a tidal wave and given agency-specific instructions. The exercise will begin on December 6 at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 3:30 p.m. Participants will be challenged with various Major Events and injects addressing the Reconstitution portion of their Continuity Plans. Following an official termination of the exercise notification from the Lead Control Cell or from the Exercise Director, participating organizations will conduct an internal “Hot Wash” (post review) of the exercise events. Lead Controllers should capture pertinent and re-occurring themes of success and potential areas of improvement. Lead Controllers will then be asked to gather this information and participate in an Exercise Design Team/Lead Controller Hot Wash on the 7th of December to discuss these findings and to discuss improvements to the exercise process for the following year.
Building interagency relationships is an important goal of this exercise. Strong relationships are pivotal factors in any real-world emergency response. Participants will be encouraged to coordinate with partner agencies while preparing for the exercise and to interact with them during the exercise. The benefits extend beyond fostering a successful exercise into the backbone of pre-event posturing and familiarization for a safe and efficient response to any emergency.
Participating agencies in the upcoming exercises are asked to identify a Lead Controller (Trusted Agent) by September 1st, 2011. Lead Controllers are instrumental in defining the scope of the exercise, coordinating their agency’s participation, writing agency specific injects, and providing evaluation of the exercise and their agency’s participation. Other Lead Controller training and activities revolve around preparing for the exercise itself.
FEMA will craft and manage the exercise scenario and provide generic master injects that each agency can choose to play. We will also provide training to the lead controllers on how to write agency specific injects. These injects will test the specifics of your agency’s plans. We encourage all participating agencies to develop these injects and use them in combination with our generic examples. If this is not possible, our generic injects may serve your needs.
We also plan to provide a number of training and planning workshops to prepare the Lead Controller with the tools necessary to conduct and evaluate an exercise.
These meetings will be conducted as listed below, locations to be determined:
Reconstitution Training (English) San Juan October 11
Maremoto II Mid-Planning Conference/MSEL San Juan October 12
Writing Workshop (English)
Maremoto II and Final Planning Conferences (English)
Final Player, Controller and Evaluator Training San Juan November 29
Maremoto II – Full-Scale Reconstitution Exercise (English)
Communications Test San Juan December 5
Alert Notification San Juan December 5
Reconstitution Exercise San Juan December 6
Exercise Hotwash San Juan December 7