Thursday, December 3, 2009

FEMA drill pulls out of Las Vegas

Score one for the LVCVA, Emergency Preparedness efforts zero. It seems that the political pressure against a planned exercise with a "nuclear detonation on the Las Vegas Strip" scenario worked. We already knew that FEMA had agreed to move the drill to Sunset Park, so satisfy the tourist concerns. Today, word that the drill is leaving Las Vegas altogether. So, LVCVA gets its way. One has to wonder though: what happens to all the revenue from the hotel rooms the visiting drill participants were going to stay in?
Here's the press release from FEMA:


WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced additional details regarding the National Level Exercise planned for 2010.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Preparedness Directorate initially investigated several options, including Las Vegas, Nevada. While initial plans did identify Las Vegas as a possible location for the event, working closely with local officials DHS has decided to explore other options. No final location has been announced at this time, and DHS will continue to work with our federal partners to find an appropriate venue for this important event.

At the direction of Secretary Napolitano, FEMA will continue to evaluate the planning and execution process for all major exercises and to ensure they are conducted in the most useful and cost effective manner. National Level Exercises provide an important opportunity for DHS, FEMA, federal partners, as well as state and local entities to participate in simulated scenarios that allow first responders and emergency managers to hone skills and build experience.

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