Alex Jones raised a red level emergency just last week, and this event certainly has all the pinnings of "heh, watch and listen" style news. Take a look at the information contained here and if you happen to be anywhere in the country where these "drills" are taking place, by all means please get out a camcorder and post the stuff to YouTube.
National Level Exercise Begins In MayLast years National Level Exercise was called Vigilant Shield.
Release Date: April 24, 2008
Release Number: HQ-08-063
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Exercise Program (NEP) will conduct National Level Exercise 2-08 (NLE 2-08) a combined functional and full scale exercise from May 1 through May 8. NLE 2-08 will merge the objectives of U.S. Northern Command's (NORTHCOM) Ardent Sentry 2008 exercise, FEMA National Continuity Program's (NCP) Eagle Horizon 2008 exercise (formerly known as Forward Challenge), and FEMA Disaster Operation's Hurricane Preparedness Exercise (HPE).
The purpose of NLE 2-08 is to exercise national capabilities to prepare and respond to multiple incidents including both natural disasters and terrorist incidents. The exercise was designed to include scenario elements addressing hurricane preparedness and response, national continuity capabilities, and Defense Support to Civil Authorities coordination in response to weapons of mass destruction terrorist attacks. The exercise venues involve a Category 4 hurricane impacting the Mid Atlantic Coast and the National Capitol Region and multiple terrorist attacks in Washington State.
Also during NLE 2-08, the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) will test it's response to an accidental chemical agent release at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Oregon. Canada will also participate through their Staunch Maple exercise.
The exercise allows Federal officials to implement continuity plans, test communications connectivity, operations and procedures for performing essential government functions from alternate locations, and interagency coordination. Additionally, it serves to demonstrate that essential functions can be effectively conducted during threats and emergencies.
NLE 2-08 is a NEP exercise conducted within the five year exercise schedule. The NEP is the nation's overarching homeland security exercise program, provides the federal government with a national, interagency wide program and a multi-year planning system to focus, coordinate, plan, conduct, execute, evaluate and prioritize national security and homeland security preparedness-related exercise activities.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing,
mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.
The FEMA 2008 Newsletter is here.
Emergency Response by Wire has some interesting information.
The NEP Presentation and schedule can be found here and nep2. It outlines several directives and time schedules. It also mentions a program called "Able Warrior" "Eagle Horizon" and "Ardent Sentry" which needs to be investigated as well.
Able Warrior happened in Iraq in 2005, I think. The other two -- the Eagle and the Sentry -- are upcoming in May. Like you, I also thought about the interesting "co-oincidence" of exercises happening during 9-11 and also during the London bombings of '05 when I read this, but realistically there are exercises happening all the time. I'd say the ones we really need to worry about are the ones that don't get a press release. Thanks for the posting.
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