Facilitate annual large-scale community preparedness scenario, integrating all response and medical agencies.

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Target: Facilitate annual large-scale community preparedness scenario, integrating all response and medical agencies.

Current performance: Please see update below.

Local emergency response agencies strive to be prepared for any crisis that could endanger Tallahassee and our residents. Community response and medical agencies run an annual large-scale community preparedness scenario to test strengths and identify weaknesses of agencies’ response plans. In past preparedness scenarios, response and medical agencies have practiced responding to a plane crash, a train derailment, and other potential dangerous events.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a real crisis testing community preparedness. All public safety and medical agencies have adapted in real time to changing threats the virus has presented. In addition to responding to how the virus has impacted the community at-large, these entities have also had to adjust to internal staffing challenges as they mitigated the spread of the virus.

In July 2022, local emergency responders held a full-scale reunification exercise. The simulation was based on an active shooter scenario at a local high school and enabled responders to test their reunification plan and process at a reunification site. Participating agencies included the Tallahassee Police Department, the Tallahassee Fire Department, Tallahassee Emergency Management, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County Emergency Management, the Leon County Emergency Medical Services, the Leon County School Board, the Leon County Health Department, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FBI Victim Advocate, and local hospitals and humanitarian agencies. The exercise provided a low-risk and cost-effective environment for these agencies and community partners to test and validate their plans, policies, procedures, and capabilities. Though we do not desire these scenarios, role-playing helps our community to be better positioned and better prepared to respond effectively to large-scale disaster events.

Tallahassee Fire Department. Last updated: August 2022.