Author Topic: Golden Guardian: California ShakeOut 11/13/08  (Read 7909 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline bushido_aria

  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 627
    • SCMLA--So Cal Martial Law Alerts
Golden Guardian: California ShakeOut 11/13/08
« on: October 08, 2008, 02:41:28 am »
Alright, I've yacked about this and others have as well. So I'm gonna start a thread to track this. Besides the name being very similar to another emergency drill run on a famous date involving a 9 and an 11 but otherwise shall not be named, this drill comes to us from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security. The website is below:

http://www.shakeout.org/

From their website:
Quote
Here are key aspects of the ShakeOut:

    *

      ShakeOut is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA), a partnership of earthquake professionals, emergency responders, business leaders, and community activists. The group has been planning the ShakeOut since 2006.  Major organizations include the USGS, Southern California Earthquake Center, California Office of Emergency Services, City of Los Angeles, Art Center College of Design, State Farm, and California Institute of Technology.
    * To be able to reach communities throughout southern California, the ECA is launching "Regional Associate" groups in each county:

          o The San Bernardino County group has its initial meeting today and is co-chaired by County Supervisor Brad Mitzenfelt and ESRI President Jack Dangermond.
          o The Los Angeles Group will meet on August 21 and is led by County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman.
          o Riverside County Associates are led by County Emergency Manager Peter Lent and Congresswoman Mary Bono.
          o San Diego County Associates are led by County Emergency Manager Ron Lane and two Fire Chiefs.
          o Orange County Associates are led by County Emergency Manager Donna Boston.
          o Associate groups for other counties are in formation.

    * Sponsors of the Great Southern California ShakeOut activities include USGS, National Science Foundation, FEMA, California Office of Emergency Services, City of Los Angeles, State Farm, California Earthquake Authority, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Tyco Electronics, Provention Consortium, Dewberry, Degenkolb, Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, Institute for Business & Home Safety, ABC7, and others soon to be announced. Organizations wishing to support ShakeOut activities can learn more at www.ShakeOut.org/sponsors.

    *In addition to the ShakeOut drill, the City of Los Angeles and the Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative are hosting an International Earthquake Conference November 12-14, bringing together over 45 international experts to discuss policy, planning, and preparedness with U.S. counterparts. Online registration is available, and early registration incentives are available through the end of August. More information can be found at www.iec.lacity.org.

    *On Friday, November 14, Art Center College of Design will present the "Get Ready Rally" at the new Nokia LA Live in downtown Los Angeles to engage the public in earthquake preparedness. All southern Californians are invited to celebrate the success of the Drill and share their experiences. There will be food, entertainment, and vendors.

To participate, go to www.ShakeOut.org and pledge your family, school, business, or organization's participation in the drill. Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill, encourage others to participate, and improve their earthquake preparedness. It all begins with registering, which is free and open to everyone.

Bold is my emphasis. FEMA is not listed on the main site, but on the USGS press release here: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1989

If all goes well, we'll be looking like we were made for the infamous Atomic Cafe video of duck and cover, but if not, at least we have a place to post info we do have.
So Cal Martial Law Alerts -- SCMLA Broadcasting
"So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause."--Amidala, Star Wars III

Ephesians 6:12

Offline bushido_aria

  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 627
    • SCMLA--So Cal Martial Law Alerts
Re: Golden Guardian: California ShakeOut 11/13/08
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008, 02:05:47 am »
Since we're getting close to this, bump.
So Cal Martial Law Alerts -- SCMLA Broadcasting
"So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause."--Amidala, Star Wars III

Ephesians 6:12

Offline gEEk squad

  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,000
  • You're World Delivered... to the NSA
Re: Golden Guardian: California ShakeOut 11/13/08
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2008, 11:56:30 am »
http://www.northcom.mil/news/2008/110508.html

NORAD, USNORTHCOM participate in Exercise Vigilant Shield 09

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command will participate in Exercise Vigilant Shield 09 Nov. 12 - 18.

The focus of VS09 is on homeland defense and civil support. The exercise will include scenarios to achieve exercise objectives within the maritime, aerospace, ballistic missile defense, cyber, consequence management, strategic communications, and counter terrorism domains.

VS09 will run concurrent with other Department of Defense-sponsored and international exercises to more realistically test the synchronized response of federal, state, local and international mission partners in preparation for homeland defense, homeland security and civil support missions in the United States and abroad.

Concurrent exercises include U.S. Strategic Command GLOBAL LIGHTNING 09 and BULWARK DEFENDER 09; Canada Command DETERMINED DRAGON; California National Guard VIGILANT GUARD; and the State of California GOLDEN GUARDIAN.

VS09 is a Command Post Exercise. During a CPX, many of the forces involved in the exercise are notional and most of the real forces and equipment are not deployed from their home bases.

NORAD is the bi-national command charged with aerospace warning and control, missile warning as well as maritime for the United States and Canada.

Formed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, USNORTHCOM is responsible for Homeland Defense and civil support missions.


-----------
It seems that USNORTHCOM is running all of these drills. Many of these drills have been done in years past. It is really hard to tell if they will go live.

Offline bushido_aria

  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 627
    • SCMLA--So Cal Martial Law Alerts
Re: Golden Guardian: California ShakeOut 11/13/08
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2008, 12:06:55 pm »
Personally, I don't think they will go "live" with an earthquake, which if they do in conjunction with this should be happening right now (to match times). I think they are doing this to test their grid for something bigger later on. If you see unusual stuff today, please document it. With so many agencies from NORTHCOM down to local government and emergency response, I really think this is a test to see how well everyone "works together" (Read: how many groups will blindly follow the Feds when the "time calls for it").
So Cal Martial Law Alerts -- SCMLA Broadcasting
"So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause."--Amidala, Star Wars III

Ephesians 6:12

Offline gEEk squad

  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,000
  • You're World Delivered... to the NSA
Re: Golden Guardian: California ShakeOut 11/13/08
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2008, 12:29:47 pm »
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081112173629.htm

Simulation Shows What Would Happen If Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake Hit California

ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2008) What would happen in California was hit by the Big One? New 3-D animations of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake scenario are now available to the public.*

Fourteen animations can be downloaded from the site in high definition format. The 3-D animations show, from the perspective of a several different Southern California locations, how intensely the ground would shake and shift during a very strong 7.8 earthquake with an epicenter on the southern end of the San Andreas Fault.



The science-based earthquake scenario, developed by USGS scientists and partners, is used for both the Great Southern California ShakeOut drill on November 13 and the statewide Golden Guardian 2008 emergency response exercise from November 13 - 18.

The ShakeOut earthquake scenario animations provide a graphic tool for first responders, engineers, decision makers, Southern California residents and other members of the public to understand, visualize and prepare for the devastating effects, even far from the epicenter, of a large, damaging earthquake. The San Andreas Fault has produced earthquakes of this magnitude in the past and could again in the future.

The USGS is also making available new broadcast-quality background interviews and footage of the San Andreas Fault-crossing Cajon Pass, a narrow corridor through the San Gabriel Mountains known as an important "lifeline corridor" where roads, railroads, water and energy pipelines, and electrical and communications infrastructure provide service to millions of residences, businesses, commuters and communities in Southern California. In the ShakeOut earthquake scenario, this narrow corridor would be greatly affected, as the 3-D animations also show.

"The Great Southern California ShakeOut: An Earthquake Scenario Based On Science," is a USGS video production that shows how science is used by government agencies, emergency responders, policymakers, and the public to help build safer communities. It includes interviews with the USGS, the Office of Homeland Security, the City of Los Angeles, the County of Riverside, the California Governor's Office, the East Valley Water District, the Art Center College of Design, the County of San Bernardino, and a professor emeritus from Colorado State University.

Animations are available at at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/simulations/shakeout/

Offline ElbertK

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 5
Re: Golden Guardian: California ShakeOut 11/13/08
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2009, 06:31:14 am »
Wow, the simulations are impressive and make me a little bit afraid. Well, these are only scenarios and let's all hope that they won't become reality. But it's good to think about it because the rescue teams have to plan such scenarios. If they aren't prepared to help, many people wouldn't get saved because of bad organisation. I hope that the Californian economy wouldn't suffer from an earthquake because of rescue problems and the teams will be able to act in the best possible way in an emergency case.