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2017 OEM Triton 32 Exercise Overview
The Cascadia Event
The world's largest quakes occur along Subduction zones. Aptly named 'great earthquakes', the magnitude of these events range from 8.0 to 9.0+. The largest Subduction zone earthquake on record was a magnitude 9.5 off the coast of Chile in 1960. They are distinctive and include prolonged ground shaking, large tsunamis, and numerous aftershocks.
The Cascadia Subduction Zone stretches from Cape Mendocino in northern California to Brooks Peninsula on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, a distance of approximately 700 miles.
Research and models warn to expect a severe Subduction zone earthquake (ground shaking from 4-6 minutes) topped off by a devastating tsunami ranging from 30' to 100' depending on topography. How much the ground shakes or the shaking intensity depends on your proximity to the rupture. The coastal communities of Oregon will be subjected to severe and violent shaking causing extensive damage, resulting in many casualties.
Expected impacts include:
• Ground shaking for 4-6 minutes causing massive critical infrastructure damage
• Liquefaction and landslides causing disruption of transportation routes
• Tsunami inundation to coastal areas with as little as 15 minutes warning
• Up to 25,000 fatalities resulting from combined effects of earthquake and tsunami
• Tens of thousands of buildings and structures destroyed or damaged
• Tens of thousands of people in need of shelter due to destroyed or damaged households
• $30+ billion in economic losses
• All coastal roads are impassable
• Most all coastal communities will be isolated with total loss of life sustaining infrastructure
The primary objective of this exercise was to determine the feasibility and applicable use of the Cape Blanco Air Field in Oregon's Curry County. This site has been recommended as an incident supply base, and casualty collection point due to its structure, engineering and capability to handle large heavy aircraft, which would be needed to coordinate field response operations for a Cascadia Event along the coastal area.
June of 2017,
Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) conducted and full-scale emergency management exercise to determine their current response capabilities in a mass-disaster scenario. Would local, state, military and civilian responders be able to function under a unified command conduct search and rescue missions, help victims evacuate and treat victims of the disaster and restore order and communications within the affected area?
Guardian Group EMS was invited by Triton 32 administrative planners to participate in the emergency management planning component of the exercise. Later, Guardian Group EMS was asked to stay on throughout the exercise as an adviser for EMP protected advanced communications, asset tracking and emergency shelter systems; deploying elements of the Guardian Group EMS’s JSOC System's, Emergency Response Solution.
Andrew Stubbs, Exercise Lead:wrote the following to Scott Bakker, Executive Director GGEMS:
“Special thanks to Scott Bakker and the Guardian Group for being a catalyst of change and preparedness in the region. His presence throughout the planning process was instrumental in creating an effective and realist exercise.”
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US Coast Guard Dolphin drops off simulated casualties to Mt. Medics for triage in make-shift Shelterpod Mash Unit at Cape Blanco Airfield, OR
CAL/ORE Life Flight Air Ambulance assisted with the transport of casualties at the Triton 32 exercise
Guardian Group EMS JSOCS System
A State of the Art Emergency Communications Network
“That Others May Live”
Jordan Fanning,Emergency Management Coordinator, Brookings, OR: Wrote the following
to Scott Bakker, " I wanted to thank you for allowing the use of your Trak Core technology at
our recent full-scale disaster exercise Pathfinder Triton32. Personnel accountability and safety
are the biggest concerns of any exercise. Given the remote nature of our operation, as well as
the chaos of having so many agencies participating, the task of keeping an eye on so many
people was quite daunting. Trak Core was a great addition to the exercise and allowed us to
work with strict scenario limitations".
Having the ability to use state of the art GPS tracking technology ensured that we were able to keep valuable resources available, and focus on the completion of our mission. We tested the equipment in the extremely unforgiving climate and vegetation of the Oregon coast. Suffice it to say, the test went extremely well and impressed everyone engaged with exercise. It was a relief to finally have a piece of gear that is reliable and ready to deploy at a moment's notice. Without the Trak Core equipment, a search that could've taken hours and threatened the entire exercise, was executed without delay or any serious strain on resources.
GG EMS's Mobile Tactical Operations Center (T.O.C.), is a mobile Comms/IC command trailer using Pepro EMP proof Comms cabinet on wheels.
Coast Guard Dolphin on final at Cape Blanco
The Cascadia event is expected to mirror the Japanese Tsunami or exceed it in strength
For a complete review of the Triton 32 exercise please go to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management website athttp://www.oregon.gov/OEM
Civil Air Patrol Command Staff and pilots involved in Triton 32
Shelterpod Command Center for Triton 32 exercise
Civil Air Patrol aircraft utilized during the Triton 32 exercise
Aftermath of destruction from Tsunami in Japan