September 29, 2011
WASHINGTON – Hurricane Zoe, a Category 2 storm, damaged a large number of District homes, caused major roads to flood and left more than 87,000 D.C. residents without power.
That fabricated scenario was the setting for a full-scale exercise performed by D.C.’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Wednesday, allowing a wide swath of District agencies to practice their response to a massive city-wide emergency.
On the grounds of RFK Stadium, members of the Metropolitan Police Department, D.C. Fire and EMS and the D.C. Department of Human Services were on hand to perform various drills in order to coordinate and execute emergency operations, gathering data to refine the city’s procedures in the event of a real emergency.
In the concourse of the stadium, the D.C. Department of Human Services was in charge of a “mega-shelter” that filled with volunteers mimicking the roles of displaced residents.