Mobile Center Heads out ; MEOC's Volunteers to Practice Disaster Readiness in Simulation

By Erbacher, Megan | Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current), September 25, 2012 | Go to article overview

Mobile Center Heads out ; MEOC's Volunteers to Practice Disaster Readiness in Simulation


Erbacher, Megan, Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


As part of National Preparedness Month, local Emergency Management Agency volunteers and the group's Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) will take part in a statewide disaster exercise titled "Without Warning" at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Ind. The MEOC is a 53-foot semitrailer filled with the essential items to house temporarily a base of command or incident command post of communications and equipment and bringing control in an emergency. It is owned and operated by the Evansville-Vanderburgh County EMA.

The trailer is divided into three main areas - the front area supports communications, the middle area houses electronics and radio equipment. The rear area, referred to as the "War Room," is used for planning and operations. It has space for up to 16 people.

It is designed to be used during an emergency incident such as the 2005 tornado, or a community events such as Shriners-Fest or West Side Nut Club Fall Festival. It also serves as the mobile command unit for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's District 10 Response Task Force.

The unit sits on the south side of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office when not in use.

Sherman Greer, local EMA director, said the agency and the MEOC couldn't operate with its volunteers, such as Sue Ann Hartig. …

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