Operation Safeguard works to connect public and private response preparedness plans
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December 7 '07: Earlier this summer, members of the public and private sectors gathered in Monroe County, Michigan to test their response and communications abilities to an emergency situation, the Monroe News reported. The emergency response exercise, called Operation Safeguard, a partner with the National Congress, hosted representatives from the local, state and federal governments, railroad companies, the American Red Cross, the National Guard, the Department of Agriculture, police enforcement agencies, EMS responders and other responder agencies.
Primary objectives of the exercise were to "test the communication between the National Incident Management System and the National Response Plan guidelines with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC); test how the EOC works, and check the application of those commands in field operations," the Monroe News reported according to the Assistant Director for Monroe County Emergency Management Division Glenda White.Also, military and local responders dressed and acted as real-life victims. Organizers said they were also looking at information-sharing, task and resource management among local and state organizations; and the ability of the private and public sectors to coordinate and communicate effectively during the exercise.
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