Incident commanders would need to consider all aspects of the recovery, from locating victims to transportation out of the city to safety concerns.
Imagine a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit New York City – with its epicenter at 125th Street in Manhattan.
But, as FDNY members learned, if cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA) are involved, the city’s in good hands.
Fifty-two cadets participated in a functional exercise, entitled “Operation Shaky Ground,” in the FDNY Operations Center on Apr. 20, simulating the catastrophic event in New York City.
The students were required to handle every aspect of the recovery effort as they broke into command groups, including operations, logistics and planning – similar to the way the Department’s Incident Management Team operates. These groups coordinated the work of various city agencies as well as the military, ensuring that that the city could get back on its feet as quickly as possible.