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Deloitte and Nonprofit Roundtable Host Real-World Disaster Exercise as Next Step in Developing Preparedness Plan for Greater Washington Region
Date:10/17/2007

re observing the drill or are serving as presenters, including Chris Geldart, director of DHS's Office of National Capital Region Coordination; Darrell Darnell, director of the Washington, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency; Richard Helfrich, Deputy Director, Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services; Reggie Parks, Director, Prince Georges County Office of Emergency Management; Lucy Caldwell, Public Information Officer, Virginia Department of Health, NoVa Region; and Sherry Adams, Assistant Senior Deputy Director, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration, Washington, D.C. Department of Health.

"Today's exercise is the second in a series of events being conducted as part of Deloitte's two-year 'roadmap to preparedness' program for the regional nonprofit community," said Gary H. Tabach, Deloitte's office managing partner for Greater Washington. "Together with our partners, we are developing a strategic plan to increase the level of preparedness in the critical nonprofit community and to improve coordination and communication - both within the nonprofit community and between nonprofits and regional governments and business in our region."

Today's drill reflects a maturing readiness movement across the country and is being held concurrently with the federal government's "TOPOFF 4" biannual test of its preparedness strategies. In today's tabletop exercise, Deloitte and Roundtable facilitators will walk participants through a chronological set of events starting with the discovery of a pandemic flu outbreak in South America. As the exercise progresses, the simulated pandemic enters the United States and our region, ultimately infecting a significant percentage of the local population and overwhelming resources of unprepared organizations. Participants must implement readiness plans to sustain their operations, while taking steps to slow the spread of the outbreak. The simulation evolves toward a realistic but ne
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