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Dorchester County Tropical Storm Response and Recovery Tabletop Exercise

Post Date:05/23/2019 4:00 PM

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, Dorchester County held a Tropical Storm Response and Recovery Tabletop Exercise (TTX). 

Dorchester County is no stranger to disasters.  Dating back to the ice storm in 2014, Dorchester County has declared a local state of emergency six times and received a federal disaster declaration four of those six times.  Each year the Dorchester County Emergency Management Department (DCEMD) leads the development and execution of an emergency exercise.  These exercises are primarily focused on emergency operations center activities or field level response missions. 

This year the exercise was conducted in a discussion-based setting, where key county emergency support functions answered a variety of moderated questions.  The tabletop environment allowed observers including representatives from Dorchester School Districts Two and Four, Dorchester County Mayors and Legislative Delegation to hear from several county department heads, elected and appointed officials, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Department of Social Services and the American Red Cross regarding their actions to many policy level issues. 

Dorchester County Council Chairman, George Bailey said “I pray that Dorchester County does not need to exercise our emergency plans, but in the event that we do, I am confident that we have assembled the very best team of professionals.” Bailey added “I am thankful for and proud of Team Dorchester County. The level of excellence and expertise demonstrated during today’s exercise is superior.”

DCEMD Director, Mario Formisano added “Unlike functional or full-scale exercises, the tabletop environment helps observers and participants understand each emergency support functions role and responsibilities. Today’s tabletop exercise allowed us to talk through a number of key issues and identify areas for improvement, ultimately making us better prepared when a disaster strikes.”