WARWICK, R.I. -- An interactive training exercise to help local officials prepare for a potential flood disaster is being held today in Warwick, RI, which is one of FEMA's Project Impact communities. The purpose of the exercise is to develop techniques to handle extraordinary circumstances, make decisions under extreme pressure and contain the impacts of the disaster.
As the need for emergency responders decreases weeks after a damaging flood, a new group of local staff people --managers, planners, building officials, finance officers and engineers-- face mounting responsibilities. The training exercise is directed at this wave of "second responders."
Participants in the exercise will complete tasks covering a time period that extends from receiving a flood warning three to five days before the flood to one or two years after the flood. The tasks are all ones that must be done by local government, with an emphasis on those officials will face during recovery.
The exercise will give participants the important advantage of forethought when they face the inevitable flood. This should enable them to better help their communities recover and rebuild quickly and effectively.