Shaken Fury Operational Exercise: Urban Search and Rescue

When disasters strike multiple responder agencies must work together to provide aid and response. During FEMA’s recent Shaken Fury exercise, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate provided technology and tools to make that happen Here at Muscatatuck for the last week we’ve had a multi taskforce international exercise where we’ve had six teams come from across the United States along with five Canadian teams and an Australian team that flew here for this exercise. And we’ve been working 24-hour operations for the last week to respond to a 6.6 magnitude earthquake. S&T had a dual focus during the Shaken Fury exercise: search and rescue and information sharing. Here we’re working with urban search and rescue and basically running them through all kinds of different scenarios. There’s buildings, there’s a flooded city, there is all kinds of props and they are training and exercising and working through those. Shaken Fury is an important exercise. The scenario that they’re using with the New Madrid Seismic Zone, it brings all the players together, whether it’s federal agencies, state agencies, or private sector partners. so that we can validate the plans that we’ve been working on over the years. Our role within Shaken Fury is to bring in capabilities around science and technology to enhance not only the resilience but also to bring in a stronger culture of innovation within the responder space. We’re offering the opportunity for the technology developers to meet with the responders to get the feedback to understand whether or not their technology has any hope of actually functioning within an operational world. And of course, that’s very valuable. The collaboration with Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has been phenomenal for us. I’ve received tremendous feedback from the responders that are here. We see it as an opportunity for our folks to see new technologies. We see it as an opportunity for S&T to get a hold of subject matter experts that are gonna end up using the technology. So we think it’s a, it’s a great opportunity. The future technology to do our job better was here. We could see it. We could test it. We could play with it. They can go back and make it better for us. And, hopefully, get it to us in the next few years.

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