Ocean City, Maryland – (October 29, 2018): The Town of Ocean City is teaming up with the Maryland National Guard to host a multi-agency training exercise on Saturday, November 3, in the Inlet Parking Lot and the surrounding downtown area. The exercise, named “Operation Tourist Boom,” occurs during the Guard’s regular drill weekend and focuses on decision-making, coordination and integration with allied agencies in a realistic training venue.
These types of events are done on a predictable basis to help the National Guard synchronize with first responders from all levels of government. Along with the Town of Ocean City, members from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, as well as dozens of local, State and Federal first responders will participate, totally nearly 1,000 training participants.
“Operation Tourist Boom will consist of several simultaneous complex incidents,” commented Ocean City Emergency Management Director Joseph Theobald. “The training is designed to provide dynamic, high-intensity and realistic scenarios to test decision making and response during an emergency.”
Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to come out and see their community working together. Exercises will begin at 6:30 a.m. and run through 6:30 p.m. with various viewing areas available for spectators.
“It is critical for our teams to understand they don’t work alone,” said Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, the adjutant general of Maryland. “We rely on all partners from all levels of state and federal government. This exercise is a good example of what happens when local planners work together to focus their efforts on keeping our citizens safe.”
NOTE: The media is invited and encouraged to cover the exercise. For those interested, a Media Staging Area will be set up north of the Tram Building (South of the Worcester Street Police Sub-Station on the west side of the concrete walls) between the hours of 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday.