Indiana Department of Homeland Security State-level Exercise

03/19/2014 Comments 0

Training and exercise designers at the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) used SimulationDeck for a series of training and exercises, including Without Warning, a four-day, full-scale exercise at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near North Vernon Indiana. Exercise planners were interested in challenging all responders with the increasingly important role social media play in disasters. During the exercises, social media played a critical role in first response, EOC operation and executive management of issues.
"The SimulationDeck platform and mock media crews provided realistic opportunities for public information officers and other emergency management and response personnel to practice crisis response at a high level. IDHS greatly appreciated the professionalism and flexibility exhibited throughout the exercise and planning phases by all SimulationDeck personnel. It went a long way toward making the exercise a tremendous success for Indiana." Joe Wainscott, former IDHS Executive Director, said.
SimulationDeck also provided on-scene television news crews so that responders could gain experience working with the media in a realistic environment.
IDHS used SimulationDeck again in 2014 to power its statewide exercise.

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