Full-Scale Emergency Management Exercise Today

Posted on Oct 30, 2013

Amarillo, TX – The Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management will conduct the community’s annual operations-based full-scale exercise, BLASTEX-2013, Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s scenario will involve a simulated terrorist attack using an explosive that results in a mass casualty incident. 

This is a major exercise with more than 200 volunteers participating as causalities and involves hundreds of first responders and supporting personnel from throughout our community. The purpose of the exercise is to evaluate the Amarillo/Potter/Randall Emergency Management program’s ability to respond to a major incident. 

The exercise will take place at the Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts and will involve an extensive response from the City of Amarillo and local hospitals with supporting response from Potter County, Randall County, the State of Texas and regional groups.  Operations will include on-scene tactical operations, Emergency Operations Center activation, and hospital mass casualty and medical surge operations.

Members of the media are invited to join us at 9:45 a.m. at the Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to coordinating video, pictures and interviews, the City’s Public Information Officers will be available to brief the media on how the City responds in these types of emergencies and the purpose of this type of training exercise.

For more information on the City’s dedication to emergency preparedness, visit http://oem.amarillo.gov/.

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