NACCHO Staff Report: Indiana State Level Exercise Tests Preparedness and Response Capabilities


Date: September 21-26, 2013
Staff Representative: Andy Roszak
Member Representative: N/A

Andrew Roszak served as a subject matter expert and evaluator at the State of Indiana’s State Level Exercise (SLE) at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana. This year’s exercise simulated severe weather sweeping through a town in Indiana, including an EF3 tornado, damaging winds, and heavy rainfall that produced localized flooding.

The SLE was conducted at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), a secluded, self-contained community, once home to the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center. The 1,000 acre site was turned over to the Indiana National Guard in July of 2005 and since has been continually evolving into a full-immersion contemporary urban training environment.Currently, MUTC has several natural and man-made training aids, including a 180 acre reservoir and urban infrastructure consisting of 68 major buildings including a school, hospital, dormitories, light industrial structures, single family type dwellings, a dining facility, and administrative buildings totaling approximately 850,000 square feet of floor space. Additionally the training area includes an extensive underground utility tunnel system and over 9 miles of roads and streets.

Roszak captured the event through a series of videos on Vine, leveraging social media for citizen journalism:

To learn more visit Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s website. 

About Andy Roszak

Andrew Roszak serves as the Senior Director for Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Catastrophic Response at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Twitter: @AndyRoszak

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