WASHINGTON – Today through May 11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be engaged in the National Level Exercise (NLE) 2018. This event brings together more than 250 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments, private industry, and non-governmental and community organizations to test their emergency response to a simulated major incident. The NLE 2018 scenario involves a hurricane that makes landfall in the Mid-Atlantic region near Hampton Roads, VA. The exercise presents an important opportunity to take coordinated and inclusive protective actions prior to landfall using established plans, policies, and procedures, as well as incorporate lessons learned from 2017, as NLE 2018 is helping us prepare for the upcoming 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
“NLE 2018 serves as the culminating effort to exercise the nation’s response capabilities before the 2018 season. It directly supports the goals of the new 2018-2022 Strategic Plan by helping us build a culture of preparedness, ready the Nation for catastrophic disasters, and reduce the complexity of FEMA," said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. "Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. While FEMA and our state, local, tribal, territorial and private sector partners continue to fine tune planning and response actions, this exercise is also a call for individuals, families and businesses to build a plan, update your insurance and be prepared. This is your opportunity to set an example for others and help create a culture of preparedness in your community.”
Take action now. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. The heavy wind can cause damage or destroy homes, buildings, and roads, as well as cause power, water, and gas outages. The impact from hurricanes can extend from the coast to several hundred miles inland. If you live in an area vulnerable to hurricanes, it is important to understand your risk and develop a preparedness plan. NLE 2018 provides multiple ways for individuals, communities, tribes, non-profit organizations, and the private sector to prepare for a hurricane and play in the exercise.
Here are a few easy steps to become better prepared:
- Download the FEMA App to get alerts and warnings about weather conditions.
- Create and test a Family Communications Plan.
- Document and insure your property to ensure that you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild, or replace whatever is damaged.
- Learn about purchasing flood insurance.
- Strengthen your financial preparedness by collecting and securing personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records.
- Get trained because you could be the one to help others until help arrives.
- Join the FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center.
NLE 2018 is the result of a year-long planning effort and tests FEMA, the interagency and our partner’s capability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a catastrophic hurricane scenario. The historic 2017 hurricane season provided many lessons, which have been incorporated into exercise play enabling FEMA and the whole community to test new procedures and overall readiness for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
FEMA cannot do this alone – we are partnering with the State of Delaware, District of Columbia, State of Maryland, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth of Virginia, and State of West Virginia, along with multiple federal agencies, private sector, and nonprofit organizations to ensure the whole community is prepared.
By congressional mandate, the National Level Exercise represents the culmination of the two-year National Exercise Program cycle, and is designed to educate and prepare participants for potential catastrophic events. For more information, visit www.FEMA.gov/nle. Follow the exercise at #HurricaneExercise2018.
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