Training & Exercises
Emergency Management Response Exercises
Operation Saddle Up: April 30- May 2, 2011
In coordination with the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Emergency Team (VET), TAHC personnel conducted an emergency management exercise (Operation Saddle-Up) in College Station, April 30 - May 2. Operation Saddle-Up tested the response and coordination capabilities of both entities in addressing animal issues during disasters. The exercise was successful as TAHC identified several things that can easily be addressed in order to improve our response partnership. It was also a great opportunity to use the advanced Incident Command System (ICS) training TAHC personnel has acquired over the past two years.
Rockdale Natural Disaster Exercises: August 3-5 and November 8-10, 2010
Over the past several years, TAHC has worked to improve the response readiness of its personnel and equipment through advanced training sessions and by addressing lessons learned from disaster responses. Two natural disaster exercises were conducted in Rockdale at the Rockdale County Fairgrounds. The exercise began by participants meeting at the Rockdale Fairgrounds to respond to an unknown natural disaster exercise scenario. Participants were expected to demonstrate their ability to set up an incident command post, operate in the incident command structure, learn to develop written Incident Action Plans and develop the skills necessary to maintain and operate response equipment properly. Participants also developed tactical plans to address exercise injects and demonstrated leadership skills in incident command positions. In addition to the opportunity to sharpen response skills, the exercise proved to be a valuable experience to test response equipment such as generators, trailers and portable corrals.
Emergency Management Training
- FEMA: Beginning Incident Command System Courses such as ICS 100, 200, 700 (NIMS), or 800
- Preparing Texas: Texas Division of Emergency Management
- To enroll in advanced Incident Command System trainings such as ICS 300 or 400, or to locate other emergency management related trainings, visit the Texas Emergency Management website.