2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield

2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield
2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield
2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield
2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield
2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield
2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield
2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield
2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield
2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield
2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield
2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield
2015 - August, Prairie Assurance Exercise, Springfield

During three days in August, thirteen IMT members participated in the Prairie Assurance 2015 Exercise. This was the culmination of more than a year of planning by the Illinois National Guard (ING).  This provided the ING an opportunity to implement their state activation plan in response to an earthquake event simulated by injects provided by a control cell.  The Emergency Management Assistance Team (EMAT) simulated the State Emergency Operations Center and the IMT simulated a Unified Area Command Post.  The IMT was integrated with both Army and Air National Guard Staff.  We worked out of a designated Air National Guard building adjacent to the Spingfield Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.  MABAS agency representatives participated as did the Civil Air Patrol.  A Mobile Military Emergency Operations Center was co-located with us and utilized to assess how civilian and military staff can effectively work together during response efforts.  Several members were able to complete numerous tasks in Position Task Books to include several related to aviation due to our work with the Civil Air Patrol.  We also had a team evaluation completed by an event controller using an Exercise Evaluation Guide.  Numerous visitors stopped in our work area to include senior military officials, state agency Director's and elected officials.  The exercise was deemed a success due in a large part to the professional efforts of all involved and the interactions of the civilian and military staff.  There were certainly lessons learned by all but that is yet another measure of success; let us learn how to improve prior to an incident. Of the more than 200 exercise participants, a few were recognized individually for their stellar performance.  Our own team member and co-chair Joe Jones was among those recognized.