Infectious disease exercise strengthens partnerships and coordination

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    11 minutes ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Dodge City, KS WFO Region, US

    37 minutes ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Langila, Papua New Guinea

    1 hour ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - W of Victorville (Pine Fire), California - United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Yavapai County (Tussock Fire), Arizona, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Pueblo, CO WFO Region, US

    1 hour ago WATCH

  • Tropical Cyclone - Tauktae

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Portales, NM Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - N of Golyshmanovo, Tyumen - Russia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Pine Creek, Northern Territory - Australia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 129 km SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Pacaya, Guatemala

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 145 km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Havana, IL Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Attica, IN Region, United States

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Longview, TX Region, United States

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mineola, TX Region, United States

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    14 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - South Georgia Island region

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 231 km E of Tadine, New Caledonia

    22 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - southeast of Easter Island

    22 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    23 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Guatemala

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Ethiopia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Sri Lanka

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Maldives

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  • Floods - Romania

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  • Storms - Southern Italy

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sinabung, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Soufrière St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.6 - 257 km S of Sinabang, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 73 km ENE of Namie, Japan

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Oman

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - New South Wales, Australia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

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  • Drought - Southern United States

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  • Drought - High Plains United States

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  • Drought - Midwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - U.S. Virgin Islands

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Tanganyika Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Kenya

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Northwestern Mexico

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Mexico

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Khabarovsk Krai, Russia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Vietnam

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Nyamasheke, Rwanda

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brunei

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Philippines

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Thailand

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

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  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Somalia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northern Kenya

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northeastern Ethiopia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Landslide - Marinilla Municipality, Antioquia, Colombia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Central Asia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Loreto, Peru

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Madagascar

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola - Guinea

    2 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    9 months ago WARNING

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October 7, 2013

Lightning Rescue 2013 (LR13) was led by the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) of the Republic of Palau and supported by the United States Army Pacific (USARPAC), which was the lead agency for this activity in earlier years. The three-day tabletop exercise, held August 27-29, focused on multi-agency coordination during the response and recovery phases of a major Pandemic Influenza/Infectious Disease (PI/ID) emergency. LR13 was conducted from Palau Community College and the Centers for Disease Control in Koror. The exercise gave participants the opportunity to strengthen relationships and enhance understanding of the roles and jurisdictions of various agencies while testing the effectiveness of operations, recovery plans, and the division of responsibilities. Although the theme of this event was PI/ID, many of the lessons learned can be applied in response to any hazard impact.

Representatives from the government of Palau; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia; many U.S. Department of Defense agencies; and Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) were actively involved in LR13. The scenario-based exercise focused on a “mass die off” of indigenous long-tail macaques monkeys. The scenario generated discussion topics related to medical-emergency preparedness and response, land- and sea-based supply distribution processes, and strategic national stockpiles.

Working with USARPAC, PDC supported LR13 by providing relevant information and special training to participants, including emergency managers and medical professionals. PDC BioSurveillance and Epidemiology Specialist Dr. Kyle Hathaway shared information on integrating authoritative disease-incident and health-warning data into PDC’s DisasterAWARE decision support platform, linking animal and vector data with human health information. PDC Liaison to USPACOM and USARPAC Lara Payne served as a subject matter expert throughout the exercise, and provided briefings and demonstrations of PDC’s Emergency Operations (EMOPS) system, a customized version of DisasterAWARE for disaster managers. Payne also provided individual EMOPS trainings to representatives from of Palau’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Justice, as well as Palau Public Safety.

Follow-up to this exercise may include training on BioServ and DisasterAWARE in Guam for the 36th Air Wing Response Group. A separate LR13 exercise was also conducted in American Samoa September 24–27, 2013.

For more information on this event:
• Read an article in Palau’s Island Times,
• Visit the Palau National Emergency Management Office site, and
• Learn more about PDC’s BioServ application.

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