- PHOTOS BY KANE COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST HAYLEY MEYER.
Kane County officials and those from six other counties in northeastern Illinois participated in a crisis drill for a suspected terrorism threat as part of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Region 3 emergency preparedness training.
During the simulated tabletop crisis drill, a cybersecurity terrorism threat began in Chicago and then escalated into bombings and multiple attacks throughout the entire seven-county area.
“This is a national level training course in disaster management and FEMA only conducts about 12 of these courses each year,” said Kane County Office of Emergency Management Director Sean Madison.
“This course provided Kane County leadership an opportunity to participate in training with our regional partners,” he added.
From Aug 2 to Aug. 5, officials from Boone, Kankakee, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, McHenry and Will Counties, along with municipal/township offices and community partners participated in the event. Past training was conducted at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD, but this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic it is being conducted locally within Region 3.
The first three days of training were conducted in 17 classroom-style exercises/discussion sessions involving officials from all seven counties and included the cybersecurity terrorism scenario-based tabletop exercise on Wednesday.
The training concluded Thursday with each of the counties participating in a table top exercise at their respective Emergency Operations Centers. The final tabletop exercise focused on threat assessment, disaster complexity and strategic decision-making.
“Real-world scenario exercises such as these are critical to ensure that Kane County emergency operations staff learn the latest ideas in crisis management and to increase their awareness of the coordination needed among other agencies and organizations during a large-scale disaster,” Madison said.
The mission of the Kane County Office of Emergency Management is to support a regional all-hazard approach to disaster management and Homeland Security through the coordination of programs that promote community planning, increase public awareness, and develop effective mitigation, response and recovery capabilities.
SOURCE: Kane County Office of Emergency Management