FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SILVERDALE, Wash. – U.S. Navy installations in the Northwest region will conduct an earthquake response and recovery exercise August 5-9. The participating installations include Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Magazine Indian Island and Naval Station Everett.
The annual exercise, called Citadel Rumble, will test Navy installations’ capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from an exercise scenario that includes multiple hazards. In this case, simulated major earthquakes will trigger other simulated hazardous events.
During this exercise, installation personnel and people in the communities surrounding Naval Magazine Indian Island could hear messages played over the Navy’s emergency notification loudspeaker system and see increased emergency response vehicles and personnel activity.
Please be aware that this earthquake response training exercise is a separate event from another week-long training exercise for Indian Island’s harbor security patrol units, which is also scheduled for next week.
The Navy aims to minimize impact to the public as much as possible during such exercises.
This exercise will provide Navy personnel the opportunity to exercise emergency management teams, processes, procedures and partnerships with local mutual aid agencies to be better prepared to respond to real-world disasters. The exercise will also further enhance the Navy’s readiness and ability to deploy forces even under the most adverse conditions.
The installations, along with their tenant commands, will test various procedures, including damage assessment, evacuation plans, disaster preparedness, recovery and consequence management plans, and accounting for Sailors and Navy families in the affected regions through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System.
Citadel Rumble, spearheaded by Commander, Navy Installations Command, is an annual fully-integrated disaster preparedness, response and recovery exercise that evaluates Navy Shore Emergency Management program readiness.