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Making the Case for More Realistic Disaster Exercises

The push for more credible exercises was made by former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and echoed by professor Hans Scholl, who looked at the Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise that was one of the largest ever held in the U.S.

When Craig Fugate was the FEMA administrator, he was an advocate for doing catastrophic disaster exercises. His point was that it does us little to do just exercises that we estimate we can handle. Our planning, training and exercising need to stress our systems and use methods that we know will limit our ability to respond to the unusual conditions we’ll have to operate under.

This push for more realistic exercises is echoed by University of Washington professor Hans Scholl, who looked at the Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise that was one of the largest ever held here in the United States.

See Making the Case for More Realistic Disaster Exercises. by Eric Holdeman, Senior Fellow and Contributing Writer, Government Technology / Emergency Management.