Media Invited to Participate in Simulated Emergency Exercise

On Saturday September 28, 2013, the Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services Department will be conducting a hazardous materials exercise at the Coast Guard Station on Wicomico Street.  This exercise will rehearse the response of local, state, and federal agencies to a simulated 3000 gallon fuel leak into the bay after the detonation of an explosive device.

The Town of Ocean City Emergency Services would like to invite the media to participate directly in the event. Participation from media outlets will help Ocean City to evaluate protocols in disseminating information to the media in a timely and proficient manner.  “We are hoping our local media outlets will participate in this exercise,” said Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joseph Theobald.  “Participation will involve ways to allow media better access to unfolding events while also helping Ocean City to evaluate protocols in disseminating information to the media in a timely and proficient manner.”

The simulation starts with a briefing at 8 a.m., with the exercise taking place between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Agencies involved will include the Ocean City Fire Department, the Ocean City Police, Ocean City and Worcester County Emergency Management, the Salisbury Fire Department, the Maryland State Police Dive Team, the United States Coast Guard, Delaware Hazmat Response, and the Ocean City Crisis Communication Team.

For more information about the exercise or to find out how you can participate, please contact Colin Orsini at 410.726.6616.