PHILIPSBURG–Personnel from various government and non-governmental entities as well as emergency services and military vehicles will be working together on Monday and Tuesday, June 24 and 25, for the annual Hurricane Exercise HUREX, which is themed: “A Full System Test.”
The preparedness of the country’s disaster response system as it is currently structured will be tested and evaluated during the exercise to further develop St. Maarten’s Disaster Management Strategic Plan.
On Monday, there will be several workshops on information management and sharing, working together effectively, and the decision-making process.
On the second day of HUREX 2019, the exercise will continue with a full-scale live drill on operational, tactical and strategic level of the Disaster Management Organisation.
Various emergency services and military vehicles, as well as personnel of various governmental and non-governmental entities, will be working together during the exercise and the public will see a noticeable increase in activity in some districts and on the road network of participating workers, but there is no need for alarm.
HUREX is held on an annual basis and includes the 10 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) of the country’s Disaster Management Organisation along with the Dutch military detachment based on the island and additional military resources and assets from overseas.
The exercise allows relevant government agencies, semi-governmental organisations and non-governmental organisations, along with the military to familiarise themselves with operational protocols in the event of a disaster – in this case, a hurricane threat/disaster.
The exercise takes place under the banner of the Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management, which falls under the Ministry of General Affairs.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/88550-hurex-training-on-monday-tuesday