Aroostook County EMA Partners with Limestone in for Point of Distribution Exercise

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--On August 12th a handful of local agencies came together to participate in the 2017 Limestone Water Crisis Point of Distribution Exercise. The exercise was part of a two-part series developed by Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the Town of Limestone.

The objective of the exercise was to evaluate municipal and county Emergency Management plans, public safety coordination, and primary focus on the ability to establish and staff a “Point of Distribution.” A Point of Distribution, or POD, is a location that would be used to distribute commodities such as bottled water or food to people affected by a disaster. The exercise is the second of a two-part series that included a Tabletop Exercise in May of this year that focused on municipal water emergencies.

“This year’s scenario focused heavily on the recovery aspect of emergencies and disasters,” said Jesse Belanger, Deputy Director of Aroostook County EMA.

“Exercising these important capabilities are critical so that responders and volunteers can be ready if they’re needed.” Darren Woods, Director of Aroostook EMA said while addressing the room of responders during the after action review, “Being able to test our plans as we did here today will allow us to be better prepared and improve responses for the future incidents.”

Aroostook County coordinates several exercises every year, with at least one large full-scale exercise annually. These exercises provide opportunity for organizations to practice their readiness and ability to cooperate with other agencies in a real-life scenario, providing a basis to make necessary improvements.