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International Emergency Management Group Meets in Freeport


October 22, 2009


The Maine Emergency Management Agency hosted the fall 2009 International Emergency Management Group’s (IEMG) conference and functional exercise. The group meets regularly to discuss cross border emergency management issues.

The functional exercise was designed to test a new computer system the group has developed to make resource requests easier and to save time by not calling every state or province. The exercise also required practicing on the proper forms to fill out when requesting resources. Maine Emergency Management Agency planned the exercise with the assistance of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

As a result of the hurricane functional exercise, issues still need to be worked on with the new computer system. The forms for requesting resources are also going to be explored in hopes to find an easier way to fill them out.

The states that participated in this exercise were Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The provinces that participated were New Brunswick, Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. Many of the emergency operations centers also played in the states or provinces. Also participating were FEMA, the National Weather Service, and the Maine Army National Guard. Quebec brought their new communications van to practice communicating with the Maine Army National Guard.

Several photos have been uploaded to MEMA's page on Facebook.



Jeremy Damren


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