Fort McCoy News March 10, 2017

Emergency-management exercise

set for March 20-24

From March 20-24, Fort McCoy will evaluate its ability to respond to and recover from an "all-hazards incident" for Vigilant Triad 2017.

A communications exercise and rehearsals for the role-players will be conducted March 20 to ensure the installation is prepared to conduct the full-scale exercise the next day.

Fort McCoy military and civilian personnel work in the Installation Emergency Operations Center during Vigilant Triad 2016.
Fort McCoy military and civilian personnel work in the Installation
Emergency Operations Center during Vigilant Triad 2016.
Photo by
Greg Mason

The full-scale portion of Vigilant Triad 2017 will begin March 21 and last approximately 24 hours. This exercise is part of a continuing effort by the Department of Defense to refine and improve emergency response to natural and man-made incidents. The evaluation portion of the exercise will continue for the remainder of the week.

Disasters such as winter-weather-related events, tornadoes, and hurricanes in recent years continue to show the importance of practicing emergency response.

Various scenarios will be conducted across the installation to test Fort McCoy's capabilities and allow evaluators to critique performance. During the course of the exercise, Fort McCoy personnel and residents may expect changes to traffic patterns, closed roads, and other delays in and around the cantonment area.

Organizations, personnel, and residents may also receive exercise email and AtHOC mass notification alerts concerning the exercise and status of installation activities.

Questions may be directed to Plans and Operations Branch Chief Eric Killen, Directorate of Plans Training, Mobilization and Security, at 608-388-2302.

   (Article prepared by the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.)