"Oh Duck!" A train wreck in Delphi.


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A tabletop exercise designed by Dave McDowell, Director of Carroll County Emergency Management, to meet State requirements for the Emergency Management Agency, Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Health Department.

Humor was an integral part of the delivery, in order to balance the dire nature of the presentation, which included a train wreck, chemical spill, and communicable disease.

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"Oh Duck!" A train wreck in Delphi.

  1. 1. “Oh Duck!” aTrain wreck in Delphi
  2. 2. A tabletop exercise. Brought to you by:Carroll County Emergency Management Carroll County Health Carroll County LEPC(Local Emergency Planning Committee).
  3. 3. Featuring partners from:• Carroll County Sheriff’s Department• City of Delphi• Carroll County E911 Communications• Delphi Tri-Township Fire Territory• Carroll County Emergency Medical Service (EMS)• Tippecanoe Red Cross• West Central Indiana Communities Active in Disasters (WCI- COAD)• Purdue University• Norfolk & Southern Railroad• Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)• Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS)
  4. 4. Order of activities:1: FOOD! Get it; take it to your table, eat it.2: Brief outline3: Module 1 Initial emergency response Discussion4: Module 2 Delayed medical crisis Discussion5: Summary (Hotwash)
  5. 5. Emergency 101After 9-11-2001, the United States looked for a proven method for multi-agency response to large disasters.They found the Incident Command System, used by western firefighters in giant wildfires. They used this model to create the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  6. 6. If you are interested in learning about how the government will respond to a large emergency, you can take NIMS courses online, free of charge at: http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.aspFrom this site, you can access courses from the most basic to the most detailed, including a very detailed weather analysis course.
  7. 7. NIMS (which may change its name to the “National Response Framework” soon…) provides for a division of labor to improve efficiency, and break jobs down into doable “chunks”.It allows for the handling of administrative tasks, without getting in the way of the people doing the dangerous work of responding to an emergency.
  8. 8. EOC Emergency Operations Center(Manages requests from ICC, administrative functions, public information, etc.) ICC Incident Command Center (Manages immediate response needs of an incident; police, fire, medical, etc.)
  9. 9. Our situation:• Emergency Operation Center (EOC) -Carroll County EMA -Reps from each responding agency • Incident Command Center (ICC) -Carroll County Govt. – Delphi Tri-Township Fire -Delphi Govt. – Delphi Police Department -WCI-COAD – Carroll County Sheriff -Red Cross – Carroll County E911 - IDHS District 4 rep – Carroll County EMS -ISDH rep – Carroll County LEPC – Norfolk & Southern
  10. 10. Module 1
  11. 11. Module 1It’s Thursday, June 14th, at 6:45 p.m.
  12. 12. Module 1 It’s Thursday, June 14th, at 6:45 p.m.For reasons only she will ever understand, a duck crosses the road.
  13. 13. Module 1 It’s Thursday, June 14th, at 6:45 p.m.For reasons only she will ever understand, a duck crosses the road. She is followed by her babies.
  14. 14. The sheer, fuzzy cuteness causes Pandemonium.
  15. 15. Surprised by the sudden stop of traffic,the driver of a semi, southbound on 25, and loaded with rolled steel must stop suddenly.The rolls of steel come loose, and roll downhill toward a northbound 50 car train, which isabout 1/3 of the way through the intersection.
  16. 16. The train is struck.With 2 locomotives weighing over 150 tonseach, and 50 cars, each weighing upwards of 30 tons, the train has a lot of energy.
  17. 17. Physics happens.Although the locomotive alone outweighs the semi by at least 100 tons, the combination of system shock, debris under the wheels, and the outward force of the curve causes a derailment.
  18. 18. 18 cars derail to the west side of the tracks, with some cars tumbling into the McDonald’s parking lot, and others colliding with homes north of McDonald’s.
  19. 19. With several cars toppling over, the locomotiveseventually come to a stop, north of WilsonStreet.Derailed cars block every intersection to UnionStreet.Most severe damage is in the McDonald’sparking lot, and the homes to the north.
  20. 20. Initial damage reports Dispatchers hear what they think is thunder from inside the Sheriff’s office.Callers report fire and several injuries/deaths from a train derailment which is blocking State Road 25/Highway 18 / 39 at the south end of Delphi.A retired chemist tells dispatchers that he sees 2 ruptured tankers, and leaking gas clouds, but is not equipped to get close enough to read the labels. Gas appears heavier than air; travels along the ground.
  21. 21. The ducks are unscathed.
  22. 22. Huh?
  23. 23. Initial responseDispatch notifies the Sheriff, the Delphi Tri- Township Fire department, and the EMA.
  24. 24. Not knowing yet if the Sheriff’s office will be safe from chemicals, the E911 Director tells several dispatchers to head to Delphi High School, to assist with an Incident Command Center and an Emergency Operation Center.
  25. 25. The EMA Director is stuck in anelevator (in another state), and calls Deputy Director Mike Titus, who heads to the Delphi Middle School, to meet with police and fire responders atthe Incident Command Center.
  26. 26. Mike notifies Red Cross that there may be a sheltering need in Carroll County, and ChrisBrady asks WCI-COAD Director Julie Gainey tomeet her at the Emergency Operation Center at Delphi High School.
  27. 27. They are joined by Assistant Deputy EMA Director Justin Darling, and various government representatives.
  28. 28. Breakout for responders Some questions the ICC will be answering:What are the chemicals, what are the effects?Should people stay or leave?How do you tell them?How do you move prisoners? (Do you move them?)How does help get to the victims, with most intersections blocked?If assistance is called for from District 4, how does it get here?
  29. 29. Some questions the EOC will be answering.Does the City / County need to declare a disaster?What types of warnings / alerts to put out?How do we get them out?If we call for aid, who pays?Where should we send people for shelter?What should we tell people who want to volunteer to help?
  30. 30. Miscellaneous facts about the situation.Weather is cool and cloudy. Wind is from the southwest.The fires near the train wreck:Small brush firesA pickup in the McDonald’s lot is burning, because it had 2, 5-gallon cans of gas and amower in the bed. It is mostly beneath an empty boxcar. Driver of the vehicle isinside the vehicle, presumed dead.Several homes to the north of the McDonald’s have extensive damage, and a fire hasstarted in the kitchen of the house on Franklin St., adjacent to the railroad. It isunknown if the homes were occupied.The 2 leaking tankers turn out to be chlorine. They are in the roadway on 25, and inthe grass between McDonald’s and 25.There are 2 dead, 8 injured and needing transport. Those able to move have gone tothe CVS parking lot.Hoosier Heartland construction has blocked: 421, 800 West, and 75 North.
  31. 31. DiscussionICC: In less than 5 minutes, describe the 2 most serious issues, and what steps were discussed to deal with them.EOC: In less than 5 minutes, describe the 2 most serious issues, and what steps were discussed to deal with them.
  32. 32. Module 2Among the dead and wounded were two shady- looking men with rifles. Initially thought to be hoboes, or al-Qaida scouts, it turns out they were local varmint hunters who could afford $2,000 benchrest rifles, but were too cheap to spring for airfare to Montana, where they went to hunt prairie dogs.In addition to guns and a bad case of boxcar- rash, the men were also packing PNEUMONIC PLAGUE, which they caught from prairie dogs.
  33. 33. Health care emergencyPneumonic Plague infects the lungs.It spreads from person to person through the air.Early treatment is essential; antibiotics must be given within 24 hours of first symptoms.Symptoms include fever, headache, weakness, and rapidly developing pneumonia, with shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, etc.Prophylaxis is Ciproflaxacin or Doxycycline for 7 days.The public and news media are requesting info on the situation, and direction about what actions to take.
  34. 34. Breakout for Health responders Some questions they’ll be answering:How many people are affected?How do we know?What do we do for them?How do we do it?
  35. 35. DiscussionBriefly discuss what issues are involved indelivering treatment to potentially-exposed residents, and how you would handle the issues.
  36. 36. Hotwash Comments? Suggestions?Participants will receive an electronic copy of the After Action Review (AAR) via email.
  37. 37. Thank you!(No ducks, hoboes, or varmint hunters were harmed while making or executing this exercise.)