The great US central ShakeOut drill and national level exercise to be held


FEMA organised two majol national level excercises around New Madrid Fault Zone. The Great US Central Shakeout Drill and National Level Exercise is about to be held these days.

But first short introduction into some recent news about system of planing and organising emergency preparedness situations.

Everybody has heard the national Emergency Alert System (EAS). Those familiar “duck calls” that reassure listeners “THIS is a test…this is ONLY a test…”

The FCC is planning an upgrade to the tests by including presidential announcements in the system.

Lisa Fowlkes, deputy chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the FCC, explained to the Federal Drive the Presidential Alert isn’t new.

“The primary goal is to provide the President with a mechanism to communicate with the American public during times of national emergency,” said Fowlkes. The change, she said, is that prior to last week’s order there was no rule in place to call for or allow a test from top to bottom.

Fowlkes said, “There’s never been a test from top to bottom where it’s issued by FEMA and it goes straight down to all the different levels of EAS to the American public. So this is a way for us to glean, okay, if there were an actual emergency and the federal government needed to activate the Presidential EAS, making sure that it actually works the way it’s designed to.”

Now that there’s a rule in place, the next challenges are going to be working with all the stakeholders on timing of the test and to reach out to the public so they understand it’s a test and not a real emergency, Fowlkes said.

“We want to make sure that it works the way it’s designed to,” Fowlkes said. “If there are things that work well, great. If there are things that don’t work well, we can work with EAS participants and with state and local governments as well as our federal partners to correct or improve what doesn’t work.”

At the same time, said Fowlkes, the FCC is looking at how wireless broadband could also enhance the EAS as part of a recommendation that was in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan from last year.

The idea is to leverage broadband and the Internet for emergency alerting with the “Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) being developed by FEMA and the wireless industry.”

CMAS would allow three kinds of text messaging or wireless alert to be sent, said Fowlkes:

  • Presidential Alerts – “Which would be the same as what the president might issue or FEMA might issue through the EAS system,
  • Imminent Threat Alerts – Which Fowlkes said would warn when “there’s a hurricane coming or a tornado coming,” and then the
  • Child Abduction Emergency/AMBER Alerts – Alerts related to missing or endangered children due to an abduction or runaway situation.

Fowlkes said the CMAS is slated to begin deployment in April 2012.

(Lisa Fowlkes, Deputy Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC)

This is the article published By Suzanne Kubota , Senior Internet Editor for on Feb 7th 2011.

On January 27, 2011, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that the Homeland Security Advisory System would be replaced by a new two-level National Terrorism Advisory System in April 2011. Napolitano, who made the announcement at George Washington University, said the color-coded system often presented “little practical information” to the public and that the new system will provide alerts “specific to the threat” and that “they will have a specified end date.”


Exercise Objectives
Through a comprehensive evaluation process, the exercise will assess response and recovery capabilities both nationally and regionally. The exercise is designed to validate the following capabilities:

Critical resource logistics and distribution
Mass care (sheltering, feeding and related services)
Medical surge
Citizen evacuation and shelter-in-place
Emergency public information and warning
Emergency operations center (EOC) management
Long term recovery

National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 2011)


National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 2011) is scheduled for May 2011. The purpose of the exercise is to prepare and coordinate a multiple-jurisdictional integrated response to a national catastrophic event.

NLE 2011 is designated as a Tier I National Level Exercise. Tier I exercises (formerly known as the Top Officials exercise series or TOPOFF) are conducted annually in accordance with the National Exercise Program (NEP), which serves as the nation’s overarching exercise program for planning, organizing, conducting and evaluating national level exercises. The NEP was established to provide the U.S. government, at all levels, exercise opportunities to prepare for catastrophic crises ranging from terrorism to natural disasters.

NLE 2011 is a White House directed Congressionally-mandated exercise that includes the participation of all appropriate federal department and agency senior officials, their deputies and staff; and key operational elements. NLE 2011 will focus on regional catastrophic response and recovery activities between federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector participants.

Exercise Focus

NLE 2011 will simulate the catastrophic nature of a major earthquake in the central United States region of the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). The year 2011 is the bicentennial anniversary of the 1811 New Madrid earthquake, for which the NMSZ is named. NLE 2011 will be the first NLE to simulate a natural hazard.

NLE 2011 activities will take place at command posts, emergency operation centers and other locations to include federal facilities in the Washington D.C. area and federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector facilities in the eight member states of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC). The eight member states of CUSEC encompass four different FEMA regions: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee (FEMA Region IV); Illinois and Indiana (FEMA Region V); Arkansas (FEMARegion VI); and Missouri (FEMA Region VII).


Exercise Objectives

Through a comprehensive evaluation process, the exercise will assess response and recovery capabilities both nationally and regionally. The exercise is designed to validate the following capabilities:

  • Communications
  • Critical resource logistics and distribution
  • Mass care (sheltering, feeding and related services)
  • Medical surge
  • Citizen evacuation and shelter-in-place
  • Emergency public information and warning
  • Emergency operations center (EOC) management
  • Long term recovery

Validating the Homeland Security System

Exercises such as NLE 2011 are an important component of national preparedness, helping to build an integrated federal, state, tribal, local and private sector capability to manage a catastrophic event; and rapidly and effectively respond to and recover from any major disaster that occurs.

The functional exercise offers agencies and jurisdictions a way to test their plans and skills in a real-time, realistic environment and to gain the in-depth knowledge that only experience can provide. Participants will exercise response and recovery functions that are critical to responding to a catastrophic event. Lessons learned from the exercise will provide valuable insights to guide future planning for disasters and other emergencies.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Modified: Friday, 28-Jan-2011 11:54:34 EST (

SEMA Training/Excercise schedule

The Department of Homeland Security is also looking for a vendor that can supply “various fuels in support of disaster relief.”

DHS specifically cites the states that it will be needed in. North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. That’s right, the Gulf of Mexico.

FEMA is also looking for Hydration Supplies for a disaster in the New Madrid Fault System just as they are looking for food, blankets, and underwater body bags.

FEMA plans to run drills simulating a catastrophic disaster along the New Madrid Fault System. This exercise is scheduled for May 2011. Past National Level Exercises have resulted in 70,000 people being evacuated in central Texas while the mainstream media completely ignored it.
Adding to seriousness of this situation, the Department of Homeland Security has also contacted  multiple vendors in regards to the availability of underwater body bags.

RFI – Department of the Navy

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWARSYSCEN) Atlantic, Advanced Technology Branch (Code 51610) is seeking information on commercially-available underwater body bags used for recovery operations of bodies and body parts.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Authorized Equipment List (AEL) item number for this equipment is 03WA-01-BAGB: Underwater Body Bags. The target audience for this information is public resource dive teams within the emergency responder community, and all submittals should be suited to their specific needs.Review of this information is being performed for the DHS System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program, which aims to conduct objective comparative assessments and validation of commercial equipment andsystems and provide those results with the emergency responder community. For more information on the SAVER Program, visit

The rumour amongst conspiracy websites and blogs is about secretly thousands of FEMA camps throughout the country specifically for the American people. It is interesting to note that this is happening at the same time as people are ordering a massive amount of food and food riots are being predicted by globalists throughout the world. The importance of stocking up on food is widely accepted specially for the last few months of global cataclismic events.

National Level Exercise 2011 Draft Planning Overview



You may have heard of a theory called “Triangle of Life,” perhaps by email. Reputable emergency organizations, emergency responders, and legitimate search and rescue organizations support “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” Special report describes this issue in detail. Also, links to a great deal of information about what to do during earthquakes.

The 2011 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is being organized for April 28th at 10:15 a.m. (Indiana will ShakeOut on April 19th at 10:15 am).


The 2011 Great Central US Shake Out Media Guide

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is only day away, and more than 2.8 million people are now expected to practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On.  The ShakeOut has been generating a lot of local and national news, which helps increase overall awareness.

Last week, more than 600,000 people in Indiana held ShakeOut drills.   Individuals, schools, businesses and communities throughout the Hoosier state worked together to increase their readiness for earthquakes.  You can read examples of what types of drills Californians did in their last ShakeOut.

As we get closer to the ShakeOut, list of media outlets that will be playing the drill broadcast is growing.  You can watch drill broadcasts via this link.

More to WATCH:
Earthquake Hazard in the New Madrid Seismic Zone Remains a Concern (USGS)
US Navy’s Earth Changes Flood Map of America, Comparative Earth Changes Maps, New Madrid Earthquake Zone NLE 2011: What Does the Navy Know? (AltNewsReport)
Earthquake Hazard and Impact in the New Madrid Region
FEMA Requests Info on Availability of 140 Million Meals, Blankets and Body Bags for New Madrid Fault Zone



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