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FEMA UPDATE. Regional Response Team Meeting June. John Woytak National Preparedness Region IX. Exercises Planning Training FEMA HQ. RIX REGIONAL EXERCISE UPDATE. Wa´ma´ gayam (Lightning Strikes ) Typhoon Pakyo REP Exercises. Wa´ma ´ gayam (Lightning Strikes). Principal objective:

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fema update


Regional Response Team Meeting June

John Woytak

National Preparedness Region IX

  • Exercises
  • Planning
  • Training
rix regional exercise update


  • Wa´ma´ gayam (Lightning Strikes)
  • Typhoon Pakyo
  • REP Exercises
wa ma gayam lightning strikes
Wa´ma´ gayam (Lightning Strikes)

Principal objective:

Examine broader national continuity capabilities, specifically communications with State, territorial, Tribal, local, and Private Sector partners and support to the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP) and National Response Framework (NRF)

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Wa´ma´ gayam (Lightning Strikes)

Exercise Conduct

  • Deployment/Setup
  • Test the Emergency Communications Box
  • Transmit situational awareness to:
    • County
    • State
    • RRCC
  • Replace and Package
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Wa´ma´ gayam (Lightning Strikes)

What is a Mobile Emergency Operations Box

A means to rapidly create an EOC anywhere or anytime without having to scavenge for equipment.

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Wa´ma´ gayam (Lightning Strikes)

What’s in the kit?

  • Stanley Wheeled Case
  • 1 ICS Vest Kit
  • 1 CradlepointRouter
  • 1 HP Officejet Printer
  • 8 Toshiba Thrive Mobile Touchscreen Tablets
  • 1 Acer Laptop
  • Software Backups of all Documentation
  • Cradle Point WiFiMultiport LAN Router
  • WiFi Antennas
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Wa´ma´ gayam (Lightning Strikes)

What’s in the kit?

  • BGAN Satellite Terminal
  • Network Cables
  • ICS Vests
  • ICS Book 1
  • ICS Book 2
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Wa´ma´ gayam (Lightning Strikes)


  • First successful all tribal entire state coordination through:
    • Voice
      • Satellite
      • Radio
    • Data
      • WebEOCinterface
      • Execute and transmit ICS forms
      • Maintain Simulated Crisis response situational awareness
typhoon pakyo
Typhoon Pakyo


  • June 13-14, 2012


  • The scope of play for TP12 requires emergency management responders to perform actions associated with an initial response to a catastrophic typhoon incident in an EOC setting, both pre- and post-landfall. These actions include command and control, communications, evacuation and mass care, hazard identification, and resource logistics
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Typhoon Pakyo


1. Evaluate Federal and Territorial integration with the Guam Emergency Operations Center (EOC) focusing on the establishment of a Unified Coordination Group (UCG)

2. Assess the coordination among Federal, Local, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and private sector entities focus on mass care and evacuation

3. Validate the procedures, outlined in the Guam Catastrophic Typhoon Operations Plan

4.Assess the capability upon activation/establishment of the EOC/IOF

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Typhoon Pakyo


  • Successful integration with State resources
  • Determination of updates for the Catastrophic Operations Plan
  • Engagement of state resources with Emergency Management Assistance Compact EMAC.
past upcoming exercises
Past &Upcoming exercises
  • Mar 12 Simple Truth Anthrax - Full Scale
  • FEB/APR/Aug 12 Golden Guardian - Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Task Force Workshops and Functional Exercise
  • Jun 12 - Typhoon Pakyo Guam Full Scale
  • Aug 12 Medical Counter Measure Exercise - Los Angeles, CA
  • May 13 Golden Guardian - San Francisco Earthquake Functional Exercise San Francisco Bay


upcoming exercises nuclear power plants
Upcoming exercises Nuclear Power PlantS
  • Diablo Canyon Power Plant Nov 7, 2012 Ingestion Pathway Exercise

Palo verde Nuclear Generating station March, 2013 Plume exercise

SanOnofre nuclear generating station may 22, 2013 Ingestion Pathway Exercise


fema ix planning cascadia subduction zone
FEMA IX PLANningCascadiaSubduction Zone

Scenario involves a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, ground shaking for 5 minutes with subsequent tsunami.  Wave heights could reach 80 feet.  The Cascadia fault line runs for 800 miles from just off Mendocino to British Columbia.  Ground shaking expected to impact as far south as the Bay Area and also Sacramento. 

  • Began planning effort in April 2011, partnering with Cal EMA.
  • FEMA RX is conducted their Cascadia Plan on the same time line.  Plans are being coordinated, but are not joint.
  • Conducted Information Analysis meetings in Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino Counties
  • Course of Action brief to Senior Leadership Steering Committee in August 2012
  • Draft Plan expected in September 2012
  • Final Plan expected in December 2012
  • California will exercise this plan as Golden Guardian 2014.
nevada hazmat emergency response plans
Nevada HAZMAT Emergency Response plans
  • The authority is the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). of 1980, as amended. The Plans are required to be reviewed by the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) on an annual basis and are approved at the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
  • Provide technical expertise from Region IX
  • All encompassing review of the HazMat ERPs
  • Work with Karen Pabon the NV SERC
  • Comprehensive Preparedness Guide
upcoming training opportunities
Upcoming Training opportunities
  • Region IX will host seats for applicants in collaboration with Cal EMA, the Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP) in southern California starting in January of 2013.
  • Starting this October, FEMA Position Specific (OPS, Plan, etc.) courses will begin to be taught throughout California
fema national initiatives
FEMA National Initiatives
  • FEMA Qualification System
  • FEMA Reservist Program
  • FEMA Corps
fema qualification system
FEMA Qualification System
  • Purpose – FQS establishes the system for qualification and certification of the FEMA workforce through experience, training, and demonstrated performance
  • The system was developed in order to:
    • Ensure a qualified workforce based on performance standards
    • Establish minimum, consistent, and fair qualification requirements for all workforce positions regardless of employment status
    • Strengthen the training and qualification standards for all workforce positions
    • Professionalize the workforce similar to other emergency response professions
    • Create a pathway to leadership positions
    • Improve federal assistance to disaster impacted families and communities
fema reservist program
FEMA Reservist Program
  • Purpose – To build and sustain a robust, well-trained, deployable, and fully-capable corps of intermittent “Reservists” who can effectively and efficiently perform mission functions in accordance with our statutory authorities

Progress to Date

  • Potential courses of action for the Reservist program were presented to Deputy Serino on March 14 in the following areas:
    • Equipment
    • Benefits
    • Pay Grade Distribution
    • Reservist Workforce Management Structure
    • Training
    • Deployment
    • Medical Assessment
fema corps
FEMA Corps
  • Purpose – To train and build a FEMA-devoted unit of 1600 service corps members operating in support of Federal emergency and disaster response and recovery efforts to be established within the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (“NCCC”) program
  • FEMACorps will advance the President’s management and national security priorities, including job creation, service, and working across government
  • FEMACorps will promote better mission outcomes by supporting FEMA’s ability to meet its all hazards mission through a scalable and reliable force structure