The mission of the District of
Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA)
is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect citizens and
institutions from all hazards by operating and maintaining a
comprehensive all-hazard community-based, state-of-the-art emergency
management infrastructure .
In keeping with this mission,
HSEMA will provide District residents with the
opportunity to learn what steps they can take to be more prepared
when disaster strikes.
that the neighborhoods of DC are very distinct and face different
challenges. HSEMA also understands the need for citizens to
be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours.
With these considerations in mind, HSEMA
will engage District residents, neighborhood leaders and
representatives of local civic organizations to be prepared for a
disaster by holding neighborhood tabletop exercises all across the
HSEMA’s goal is to
increase the preparedness of DC families and neighborhoods. Using a
hurricane scenario, participants will work through a table top
exercises that will examine existing neighborhood plans and identify
specific concerns and vulnerabilities.
These community exercises will assist local
residents in making contingency plans so that during a disaster,
local residents can get vital information, are well stocked with
food, water and medicines and have practiced contingency plans if an
evacuation is necessary.
It will also establish an
on-going planning process for concerned residents, community leaders
and representatives of local civic organizations to address their
neighborhood concerns together.