Residents advised of HUREX 2018 Training Exercise planned for June 26.

PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):— Hurricane Exercise 2018 (HUREX 2018) will once again involve a major training exercise that will take place on Tuesday, June 26 between the hours of 8.30am and 10.30am.

Residents and motorists will see an increase in emergency response vehicles (with sirens) on the public roads en-route to a major incident.

Response to the major incident will include military and civil authorities such as Police, Ambulance, Fire, Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten and other emergency response services and non-governmental agencies.

The public and motorists do not need to be concerned with respect to the heightened emergency response activities, as this is part of the training exercise.

HUREX takes place on an annual basis and includes the 10 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) from the country’s Disaster Management Organization along with the Dutch military detachment based on the island and additional military resources and assets from overseas.

The exercise allows all relevant government agencies along with the military to familiarize themselves with operational protocols in the event of a disaster and in this case a hurricane threat/disaster.

The exercise takes place under the banner of the Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management.

The Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management falls under the Ministry of General Affairs.

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Source: St. Martin News Network