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Tybee Island to hold first of its kind storm recovery exercise


Tybee Island will hold an exercise on Thursday to evaluate current storm safety plans and procedures.

Tybee Island officials have been working with CEMA over the past 6 months in planning for Operation Coordinated Recovery. This first of its kind, full-scale exercise is scheduled to take place on Dec. 6, involving numerous Tybee Island employees in the half-day event. 

"This seemingly simple exercise involved more than 150 hours of planning alone. By the time it's over 500 hours of player, controller and evaluator time will have been invested.  After that, imagine the additional effort that will be involved in addressing the lessons learned; which is really the whole purpose of any exercise. Tybee's Mayor, its elected officials and the entire staff of this community deserve enormous credit for the courage of their conviction to ensure their community is as safe as possible for its residents," said CEMA Director Clayton Scott in a news release. 

Tybee Island has been very proactive in preparing for hurricanes. Back in 2010, the city, with the help of CEMA, conducted "Hurricane Gilligan," an exercise that focused on evacuating the island pre-storm. Tybee's Mayor, Jason Buelterman, realized officials needed to concentrate on how they would recover post-storm as well, which is how Operation Coordinated Recovery was created. 

"This week's exercise will give our employees a chance to address the challenges of a coastal community that has been hit by a strong hurricane. This will help ensure that we are as prepared as possible for addressing post storm recovery. As Sandy taught us once again, coastal communities need to be ready for the possibility of a large scale hurricane to help our City and our citizens recover as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are proud of our ongoing partnership with CEMA and appreciative of all they have done to help prepare this exercise," said Mayor Buelterman. 

The exercise is scheduled for Dec. 6 and will take about half a day to complete. The exercise will take place at City Hall and the Tybee Island Gym starting at 8:30 a.m. Numerous participants will be involved, including residents who are allowing exercise planners to use their homes to simulate damaged properties.

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