Typhoon Pakyo Exercise tests super-typhoon response

by Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense
Stripes Guam

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense, along with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, various Government of Guam agencies, federal partners, military partners, private sector and non-governmental organizations will conduct the Typhoon Pakyo Exercise 2017 from June 16 – 22.

Participants will practice the execution of the Guam Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and the Catastrophic Typhoon Plan. The annual exercise will evaluate federal and territorial integration with the GHS/OCD Emergency Operations Center and assess the coordination in executing mass care procedures.

Pakyo 17 will be a functional exercise for GovGuam. A functional exercise is a multi-agency activity designed to evaluate capabilities and multiple functions using simulated response. Functional exercises are typically focused on exercising plans, policies, procedures, and staff members involved in management, direction, command, and control functions.

There is no actual filed work or “boots on the ground” personnel. As a result, the exercise will not affect the public. Most notable participation for the Government of Guam will be the Response Activity Coordinators/Emergency Support Functions active in the GHS/OCD Emergency Operations Center during a typhoon.

“The focus of this year’s exercise will be response to critical transportation, critical infrastructure, operational coordination, and mass care services,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator.

“We look forward to the outcome of exercises like Pakyo 17 to identify shortfalls or gaps, so we can address them prior to a real world event. It’s also a great opportunity to work with all stakeholders; Government of Guam, federal partners, and military partners. In a real world event, the lines may be blurred so it’s important to understand roles and responsibilities ahead of time.” Esteves continued.

For more information, please contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

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