Chatham Emergency Management Agency will conduct a full-scale exercise March 26 at the Coastal Georgia Center and the Savannah Civic Center. This exercise will test the Evacuation Assembly Area plan for the county.
Local emergency managers are looking for about 200 volunteers to be "crisis actors" and help make more realistic an evacuation drill in March.
Chatham Emergency Management Agency will conduct a full-scale exercise March 26 at the Coastal Georgia Center and the Savannah Civic Center. This exercise will test the Evacuation Assembly Area plan for the county. The plan is implemented when the public needs transportation assistance during a county evacuation order, as happened with Hurricanes Irma and Matthew. The last time the exercise was conducted was 2015.
Volunteers should be willing to play the role of actors, simulating the general population. The volunteers will be transported from the Coastal Georgia Center to the Civic Center, where they will be "screened and processed" before being returned to the Coastal Georgia Center. They will be transported to and from multiple times throughout the exercise, but will have opportunities to rest. Food will be provided at both sites.
"Our goal is to process up to 200 'evacuees' for transportation," said CEMA Assistant Director Don Sullens. "That would be the equivalent of one bus convoy of seven buses."
Volunteers should expect the exercise to last from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
"Over the years, we have made minor changes to the plan which reflect lessons learned from our last two mandatory evacuations," Sullens said. "This will give emergency partners the opportunity to evaluate those changes so we will be better prepared if the need to evacuate occurs again this coming storm season.
"Better to be ready and not have to do it, than to have to do it and not be ready."
All participants must register for this exercise. To volunteer, contact Taylor Sanchez with CEMA at 912-201-4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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