LLIS Lesson Learned: Using Exercises to Identify Whole Community Resources: South Carolina's 2013 Hurricane Table Top Exercise   [open pdf - 229KB]

"On July 16, 2013, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) hosted a six-hour tabletop exercise (TTX) for members of its Housing Solutions Task Force (SCHSTF) to test the South Carolina Disaster Housing Plan. The Plan was South Carolina's first attempt at formalizing a disaster housing response and officials had not tested it in an exercise or real-world disaster. The TTX revealed a number of capabilities that were available to the State but previously unidentified. South Carolina is using the results of the exercise to update the Plan and strengthen statewide disaster-housing response. […] The exercise simulated a Category 3 hurricane making landfall in Georgetown and Horry Counties and covered a 28-day time span, beginning 48 hours post-landfall. The exercise included simulated damages to over 27,000 homes and incorporated a mock Presidential Disaster Declaration and Governor-declared State of Emergency. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IV, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and multiple state agencies participated. Representatives from several non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as three county-level emergency management departments, also took part in the exercise."

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