Earth, Wind & fire - Statewide Emergency Operations Center Exercise 2017

Grant County and its many partners participated in a statewide annual Emergency Operations Center exercise.  The exercise, titled “Earth, Wind and Fire,” was developed by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management to test emergency operations center functions during a major disaster.

Brandon Fetters, Grant County EM, along with Debbie Mayle, Oklahoma State Department of Health, helped facilitate the exercise.   

Grant County was given a fictional scenario of an initial report of a 5.9 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter on the southwest edge of Medford near the OneOk facility.  Players had to solve problems, mitigate issues and come up with solutions for responders working the incident and for those in the community affected by the disaster.  Responses from all players (departments) had to be coordinated. 

The joint exercise tested all available types of disaster communications and resource request capabilities between city, county and state emergency management and provided emergency responders with an opportunity to gain “hands on” experience with disaster response procedures. Training of this size and magnitude happens every year, with satellite training happening year-round in the state. 

Grant County participants included Shana Smallwood Buchanan (Alfalfa County EM), Glen Haworth, (American Red Cross), Jason Lyons (ONEOK), Dennis Brittain (Medford Fired), Alisa Branson (Dewey County EM), Cindy Pratt (Grant County Clerk), Cindy Bobbitt (Grant County Commissioner), Brandon Fetters (Grant County EM), Debbie Mayle (OSDA/EPRS), and Max Hess (Grant County Commissioner). Lessons were learned and positive performances from the group made for a stronger public-private partnership that included local-state-federal partners.