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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Knox County Practices for 2011 Lobster Festival
July 8, 2011
The 64th annual Maine Lobster Festival will be held in Rockland August 3rd through 7th. On July 7, 2011, the Knox County Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the City of Rockland and the Maine Lobster Festival organizers, held a table-top preparedness exercise to prepare for this world-famous annual event.
The 40-plus exercise participants included agency representatives from Fire, EMS, State County and Municipal Law Enforcement and Emergency Management along with representatives from the Penobscot Bay Medical Center, American Red Cross, United States Coast Guard, County and Municipal elected and appointed officials, and the Maine Lobster Festival Board of Directors.
The purpose of this exercise was to provide participants an opportunity to evaluate current response concepts, plans, and capabilities to potential incidents at the 2011 Maine Lobster Festival. This marks the third consecutive year a pre-festival preparedness exercise has been conducted. The exercise, using national response standards presented under the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System, focused on emergency responder command, control and coordination, emergency policy making efforts by elected officials, emergency public information, and the integration of assets necessary to save lives and protect public health and safety.
The group worked on plan and resource coordination to determine strengths and weaknesses in the current City of Rockland Maine Lobster Festival Emergency Management plan governing the emergency public safety response to potential festival-related emergencies. They also discussed options for providing rapid and accurate information to the public to assist in minimizing chaos.
The four-hour exercise featured locally scripted scenario’s ranging from demonstration activities to a law enforcement action and included festival ride emergencies. Exercises of this nature contain certain artificial conditions meant to set the stage for participants. Those included perfect weather for the duration of the festival and significantly lower gasoline prices presumed to encourage greater than expected regional tourism.
Exercise organizers are confident the City and County are ready for the 64th annual Maine Lobster Festival and are hopeful the conditions imagined for the exercise will come true and bring many visitors to the region during festival week.
For more information about this year's Lobster Festival, visit the Festival web site.
To see pictures of the exercise, visit MEMA's page on Facebook.
Contact:Ray Sisk, Knox County EMA
Last update: 07/20/10
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