DATE: April 8, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy, Public Information Officer
Broward County Port Everglades Department
PHONE: 954-468-3508 (office) or 954-868-0220 (mobile)
Broward County's Port Everglades Department and Emergency Management Division will conduct a "weapons of mass destruction" full-scale security exercise at the Port on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 10 a.m.
The drill is not open to the public, but credentialed media are invited to cover.
The exercise, dubbed "Operation Resilient Response," will simulate a County-wide emergency response to a reported deadly chemical that is leaking from a container. Florida International Terminals, which operates a cargo terminal within Port Everglades, will be the scene for the exercise. Dock workers from the International Longshoremen's Association, Port Everglades Department staff and other volunteers are role playing as victims.
More than 100 maritime and emergency response professionals will participate in this multi-agency exercise, including Port Everglades businesses, Broward County Emergency Management, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Florida National Guard, Broward Sheriff's Office Departments of Law Enforcement and Fire-Rescue, City of Hollywood Police and Fire Departments, City of Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Departments, American Red Cross, and several regional health care and law enforcement agencies. Operation Resilient Response is funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Port Security Grant Program, and is designed to evaluate the region's capability to respond to such an incident, and meet the Federal Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program planning requirements.
This exercise will take place inside the secure area of the Port, which requires government-issued photo identification, such as a valid driver's license or passport.
Travelers and regular Port business activities will not be impacted.
Members of the news media covering the event must check in at the Joint Information Center at the site to obtain a Drill ID badge prior to proceeding to the Media Staging Area at the mock scene. Public Information Officers will escort news crews to and from the mock emergency site. Check in is located at the intersection of SE18th Avenue and Manatee Crossing Bridge -- take the immediate right after the Security Checkpoint at the I-595/Eller Drive entrance and go to the end of the road.
About Port Everglades
As one of South Florida’s leading economic powerhouses, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Already one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government with operating revenues of approximately $143 million in Fiscal Year 2012 (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is nearly $26 billion. More than 201,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including almost 11,700 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades. More information on Port Everglades, which is governed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, is available at porteverglades.net or e-mailing PortEverglades@broward.org.