ASAN, Guam (June 21, 2021) – Joint Region Marianas (JRM) and U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) are conducting the annual Heavy Weather Exercise 2021 from June 21-24.
The annual exercise is designed to enhance readiness of military and local agencies to prepare for heavy weather conditions in the region. Commanding officers and participating agencies will train command, control and communications capabilities, readiness preparation, and personnel in areas of accountability, disaster preparedness and recovery.
“This Heavy Weather Exercise enables collaborative efforts with our local and federal partners to improve our communication, preparedness and response when it comes to how we handle and respond to natural disasters in our region,” said Joint Region Marianas Chief of Staff Capt. Rick Kratzer. “Our location makes Guam and the Mariana Islands susceptible to typhoons year round and the annual exercise is just one way we can better train and prepare our people.”
During the training, the NBG emergency alert system, commonly referred to as the Giant Voice, will be activated. Residents and patrons in surrounding areas should not be alarmed if they see and hear increased activity associated with the exercise.
“Typhoon season for the Pacific area is clearly upon us,” said JRM Deputy Operations Officer Frank Balajadia. “This is a chance for us to continue to hone our coordination and skills in response to natural disasters in our region, and to collect lessons learned for any potential real-world heavy weather conditions.”