The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other Federal, state, local, and private sector organizations will collaborate to test technologies that will improve regional emergency preparedness.
The exercise, Shaken Fury 2019, begins today and will take place through June 7 with the goal of improving “the region’s collective capacity to respond and recover from emergencies either natural or man-made,” S&T said.
Shaken Fury will, more specifically, simulate a 7.7 magnitude earthquake scenario around the Memphis area to test three technological areas: information sharing among Federal, state, and local agencies; urban search and rescue; and information sharing between Defense Department and civil agencies, as well as technology enablers.
Over the past 18 months, S&T has worked with experts to prepare for the simulation, introducing solutions, technologies, and tools to optimize the project.
“This exercise gives us a great opportunity to get diverse and unique perspectives from Federal, state and local agencies, vendors, and first responders on our suite of technologies,” said S&T Senior Official William Bryan. “Their perspectives help us shape and adapt our solutions to ensure that users who need it most know how to operate it and act quickly when an emergency happens.”