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Posted on: July 30, 2015

Town Completes Emergency Exercise, Stands Ready for Blackout Scenario

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By Marquel Coaxum, Mount Pleasant Multimedia Coordinator

TOWN OF MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (July 30, 2015) The Town of Mount Pleasant held a day long Town-wide critical incident response training yesterday in the emergency operations center at the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

The tabletop training exercise brought together employees from various departments within the Town to test their abilities on effectively coordinating response operations during a long term power outage during an ice storm.

“Training events, like this one today, are critical,” Mount Pleasant Town Administrator Eric DeMoura said. “There are so many moving parts during a critical incident like this, and it’s imperative that we train and practice so we are ready to provide assistance to the members of our community during an actual emergency.”

Focusing on clarifying roles and responsibilities, the biannual exercise helps Town officials gauge the Town’s capabilities to coordinate response not only from within, but through interagency coordination as well.

“It’s important that we work in partnership with other agencies such as Charleston County, FEMA, SCDOT, SCE&G and others to effectively leverage all of our available resources,” he said. “Our goal is to make sure our combined efforts are as seamless as possible when working with those agencies.”

In addition to working with other agencies, he said that another key aspect of the training exercise is making sure we communicate effectively and consistently with our citizens, both proactively before the event and during the event.

“In this digital age, we have the ability to reach out to the community through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to get information out quickly,” Town of Mount Pleasant Communications Officer Martine Wolfe-Miller said. “We will also push out information through the Town of Mount Pleasant website through our ‘Notify Me’ and ‘Constant Contact’ alert systems that will send emails directly to subscribers notifying them of what’s going on. In addition to our social media and website platforms, we are able to communicate non-digitally as well through partnerships with local radio stations to help keep our citizens informed.”

As the event concluded, Town Administrator Eric DeMoura said that he was pleased with the progress the Town made during the exercise and that he knows continued training like this will help the Town be as prepared as possible for real-world critical events.

“We can never place enough importance on being prepared,” he said. “We will always stand ready to respond to support our citizens and their way of life here in Mount Pleasant.”

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