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FEMA and Whole Community “ENDEX” for National Level Exercise 2018

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May 10, 2018
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WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially declared “ENDEX,” or end of the exercise, wrapping up its National Level Exercise (NLE) 2018 today.  The NLE included more than 12,000 individuals across the whole community and actively tested the ability of federal, state and local governments, private industry, and non-governmental organizations to respond to a major hurricane impacting the Mid-Atlantic region. NLE 2018 began April 30 and focused on pre-landfall preparedness actions, response and recovery operations, continuing essential functions during a natural disaster, and the interdependencies among critical infrastructure sectors.

NLE 2018 provided a unique chance to examine lessons from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria last fall to improve operations and coordination across all levels of government, the private sector, and the public in advance of the 2018 hurricane season. FEMA, through its National Exercise Division, will now examine exercise ‘play’ against goals and identify areas of opportunity to make improvements. FEMA will collect data including – for example – the number of participants from the entire community, how objectives were met, the outcomes of state-led discussions that provided new policies and strategies moving forward that can be applied to this and future hurricane seasons. 

By congressional mandate, the National Level Exercise is conducted every two years as part of the National Exercise Program cycle, and is designed to educate and prepare participants for potential catastrophic events.

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Last Updated: 
May 10, 2018 - 16:01