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Exercise Watermark underway

The four-day flooding-based Exercise Watermark is underway. With 10,000 participants, including ten government departments, 34 local resilience forums and many local organizations and businesses, the event is Britain’s biggest ever civil emergency exercise.

Some of the planned local exercises include the evacuation of coastal communities in Lincolnshire, live floodwater rescues by the RAF from rooftops and submerged vehicles, and a variety of flood awareness raising activities. The Government's crisis response committee, COBR, will also meet as part of the exercise.

The daily scenarios are:

  • Today (Monday): flash flooding across London, West Yorkshire and Devon and Cornwall
  • Tuesday: flooding from overflowing rivers in London, Surrey and the Thames Valley, as well as in West Mercia and Dyfed-Powys, mid Wales
  • Wednesday: a reservoir emergency in Derbyshire
  • Thursday: flooding from a North Sea tidal surge, affecting the east coast of England from Humberside down to Kent.

Community exercises include evacuating schools and installing flood defence barriers designed to protect properties. Businesses across England and Wales will also be using Exercise Watermark as an opportunity to test their business continuity arrangements.

In conjunction with Exercise Watermark advice has been published to help communities prepare for local emergencies. The Community Resilience Programme published on the Directgov website includes a series of online resources to enable individuals and community groups to take part in emergency preparedness activities, in a way that complements the work of emergency responders.

•Date: 7th March 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article •Topic: BC exercises

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