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ORAU helps strengthen national security through participation in emergency preparedness exercises

National Security Exercise Participants

The magnitude of a disaster or large-scale emergency is often unpredictable, but readiness can be carefully planned and practiced to ensure the execution of a coordinated response effort.

In supporting our country’s national security and emergency preparedness readiness initiatives, ORAU provides full-function exercises, drills and tabletops to prepare the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal and state emergency agencies to effectively respond to terrorist acts, accidents or natural disasters.

Our interagency experience and effective customer support has strengthened our reputation as a nationally-recognized resource for national security and emergency preparedness.

ORAU develops all elements of the exercise package. We plan, manage, control, and evaluate the exercise, helping agencies to develop an effective and efficient response strategy.

We also provide emergency management training exercises that examine a broad scope of actions and outcomes to give an accurate assessment of readiness and allow for changes to be made to preparedness plans.

Our exercises are designed to:

  • Highlight organizational strengths
  • Pinpoint organizational weaknesses
  • Test emergency plans and procedures
  • Reinforce teamwork concepts
  • Integrate multiple organizations/agencies and their response resources and capabilities

Upon completion of exercise objectives, ORAU assists participants with a “hot wash” and critique where an analysis of decisions and outcomes can be reviewed. We also provide an exercise report to key participants that can be used to improve capabilities and address any identified weaknesses.

Through our exercise support, it is our goal to prepare the United States to counter threats to public safety and security by forging strategic partnerships and strengthening response capabilities among government agencies.

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Vibrant Response 2014

Vibrant Response focused on the immediate local, state and federal responses to the 26 detonation of a nuclear device in a U.S. city. More than 40 DOE-NNSA Office of Emergency Response experts took part in the exercise and had their participation guided by a year of planning carried out by ORAU operations planners.

A full-scale effort, Vibrant Response took place in Indianapolis and at several locations throughout Indiana with a massive command post exercise at each location, including the State of Indiana Emergency Operations Center, a FEMA Initial Operating Center and several DoD installations.

Additionally, several ORAU staff participated in the exercise as players in support of DOE leadership in the field and provided assistant coordinating officers at the Nuclear Incident Team facility at DOE Headquarters in Washington, D.C. With approximately 4,000 federal, state and local officials and responders participating, the exercise is helping to ensure the U.S. is prepared for a possible domestic nuclear incident.