SWL Table Top Exercise Stresses Coordinated Communication

How do you react if there is an emergency event at one of your lock and dams?

How to react and communicate was the major purpose for a recent table top exercise held Russellville, Ark.

The Dardanelle Lock and Dam-Arkansas Nuclear One Table Top TTX was a moderator-led event designed to present realistic problems arranged sequentially in a simulated environment.  The exercise scenario covered the Dardanelle Lock and Dam and communication with ANO during an emergency event at the lock and dam.

84 participants from 22 federal, state, and local agencies attended the dam safety exercise.

The primary focus of the scenario was to foster a better understanding of each agencies roles and practice coordination efforts by working through the complexities of an emergency event taking place at one of the Little Rock District’s lock and dams.


Matt Moix, Little Rock District hydrologist presents a briefing about the Arkansas River to the exercise attendees

“The purpose of this exercise for us is to enhance communications and getting to know the people we would work with during an event, before the event actually happened, said Tony Hill, Little Rock District emergency management chief.  Knowing who is going to be responding and meeting with them before we actually have a problem.”

The exercise helped to educate participants on responsibilities in response to an event at our lock and dams.

“This exercise helps me to be able to see face-to-face who I may be talking to and how much impact we have outside the state and how much support we have outside the state, said Kenyon McNeil, Arkansas Nuclear One, operations manager for support.”

The exercise encouraged discussion on existing and future plans, policies and regulations concerning operation of the lock and dam and coordination with other outside agencies.

Having a plan is great but knowing who to contact when an emergency happens could save life and property.

The Dardanelle Lock and Dam exercise gave all participants the opportunity to network with their counterparts and review their crisis action standard operating procedures.

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