"National Level Exercise 2011 is a Tier 1 exercise that is White House directed, policy focused, and employs a U.S. government wide-strategy. Tier 1 exercises are mandated by Congress and coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The functional exercise component of National Level Exercise 2011 began with a simulated earthquake along the New Madrid fault line. It included participants from various federal, state, and local agencies, as well as private sector and nonprofit organizations. The exercise lasted 4 days and included more than 4,000 federal employees from 43 departments and agencies. Exercises play a critical role in preparing our Nation for future disasters. National Level Exercise 2011 consisted of a 2-year planning, execution, and evaluation cycle that included various smaller discussion- and operations-based exercises leading up to the May 16--19, 2011, functional exercises. The exercise had eight objectives developed by state and federal partners, seven of which were realized during the functional exercise; the final one was completed during a recovery exercise in September 2011. The exercise identified issues that hamper our Nation's ability to respond to a catastrophic earthquake. To expedite improvements in disaster response, the Federal Emergency Management Agency compiled an initial findings report from the exercise reviews, identifying issues federal agencies need to address. Additionally, two federal agencies that were expected to participate in the functional exercise did not take part. This report provides information on federal participation in National Level Exercise 2011 to encourage federal Inspectors General to assess their own agency's preparedness for disaster response. This report is not an evaluation of National Level Exercise 2011. In addition to this report, we will be releasing a review of National Level Exercise 2011 and the incorporation of lessons learned from previous exercises and disasters."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-12-01
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