Star-Spangled Spectacular Exercises and Evaluation

The CHHS Exercise and Training team is often called upon by our partners to assist in security preparations for large special events. Past projects have included work with the Maryland Stadium Authority to prepare for potential emergencies at Baltimore Orioles and Ravens sporting events, as well as supporting the District of Columbia in Presidential Inauguration preparations.

In September 2014, Maryland’s Star-Spangled Spectacular events commemorating the War of 1812 and the writing of the U.S. National Anthem attracted more than one million visitors to a week-long celebration at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry. Prior to the events, CHHS worked with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to develop two tabletop exercises and a communications drill to facilitate discussions and test plans regarding resource management, situational awareness, and communications protocols among regional command groups. Participants included all agencies engaged in the Star-Spangled Spectacular, such as local and state law enforcement, emergency management offices, fire and emergency medical services, health departments, as well as federal partners.

In addition to the activities at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) was also activated to monitor statewide incidents. In an effort to identify strengths and potential areas of improvement in state emergency response, the CHHS Exercise and Training staff evaluated the state’s activation of the SEOC during the Star-Spangled Spectacular festivities.

This text is taken from the CHHS Fall 2014 Newsletter

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