‘Hurricane Freddy’ drilled water management employees during exercise

Jun 27, 2008

Palm Beach Post–June 26, 2008

Palm Beach Post Staff Report

WEST PALM BEACH — South Florida Water Management District employees participated in a hurricane drill at the emergency operations center Thursday morning.

The South Florida Water Management District is conducted a full-scale, district-wide exercise designed to demonstrate and evaluate the district’s Emergency Operations Center field response and recovery activities in the event of a catastrophic hurricane affecting South Florida.

Trained District staff practiced emergency management and flood-control procedures by responding to “Hurricane Freddy,” a simulated catastrophic Category 5 hurricane that impacted South Florida.

The exercise will assess the district’s ability to respond to numerous hurricane-related incidents and demands on the flood-control system.