CUSEC's CAPSTONE-14 Exercise took place during the week of June 16th, and was a resounding success! Read the news coverage of the exercise, watch recordings of two webinars that explored lessons learned from the exercise, and read the after action reports to examine the exercise in detail:

After Action Reports:

Ongoing Efforts

Lessons from CAPSTONE-14 will inform the emergency management community - at both the regional and national levels - for years to come. We co-hosted two webinars with the Capacity Building Program that explore ways to turn these lessons into lasting change:

Applying Technologies to Enable Effective Decision Making

Public-Private Coordination in Emergency Response & Recovery

CUSEC directed the CAPSTONE-14 earthquake exercise.

CAPSTONE-14: The Details

  • The exercise was the culmination of a three year, multi-state effort focused on planning and preparedness activities directed by the CUSEC Board of Directors
  • CAPSTONE-14 was the largest exercise ever of its kind in the U.S.
  • The exercise focused on communications, situational awareness, transportation, private sector integration, resource management, and defense support of civil authorities
  • Read more on CUSEC's website
When? Where?
  • Years of planning went into the exercise, with multiple rounds of input and dialogue between all the players
  • CAPSTONE-14 was a full-scale exercise that took place on June 16-20, 2014
  • The exercise scenario considered a massive earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in the central United States
  • Exercise activities took place in 450 counties in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Missouri
  • CAPSTONE-14 strengthened partnerships between local, state, and federal governments
  • The exercise brought together private and public sector entities in planning mitigation, response, and recovery
  • Conducting this exercise built on lessons learned in National Level Exercise (NLE) '11
  • Results of this exercise will serve as a regional and national model for the emergency management community

The NISC's Role

  • Identifying multi-sector essential elements of information
  • Contributing to data publishing guidelines based on operational workflows and practices
  • Exploring the integration of technology to support mutual aid strategies and processes
  • Testing the use of Esri's ArcGIS Online and creation of web applications for information sharing
  • Providing access to CAPSTONE-14's Virtual VIP Day

Disaster Strikes - Prepare, Publish, Practice

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