2016 Vigilant Guard Exercise

THIS IS A EXERCISE
The California Earthquake Clearinghouse is activated in response to a M7.8 earthquake along the San Andreas Fault in southern California.  Download the Clearinghouse VG 17 participation timeline and activities document for complete details. Contact californiaeqclearinghouse@eeri.org with questions.

Event Details

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes on Monday November 14, 2016 at 05:32 (PST) along the San Andreas Fault from Bombay Beach at the edge of the Salton Sea in the south to Lake Hughes northwest of Palmdale in the north, rupturing 186 miles (300 km) of the fault. Shaking advances into Bakersfield, Oxnard, and Santa Barbara.

A magnitude 6.0 aftershock occurs on Monday November 14, 2016 at 06:05 (PST) near the Salton Sea and ruptures to the south.

Map and list of earthquake impacts for Clearinghouse participation in Vigilant Guard 17 Exercise

Map and list of expected damage for Clearinghouse participation in Vigilant Guard 17 Exercise

Schedule of Clearinghouse Participation

clearinghouse-vg-17-participation-timeline

14NOV2016

  • Simulated M7.8 earthquake on San Andreas Fault, with epicenter located between Salton Sea and Lake Hughes
  • Begin reporting and viewing simulated damage using Clearinghouse SpotOnResponse, FieldNotes, or other tool
  • Clearinghouse status update call-down 14:00 (call-in number will be distributed morning 11-14-16)

15NOV2016

  • Continue reporting and viewing simulated damage using Clearinghouse SpotOnResponse, FieldNotes, or other tool
  • Clearinghouse personnel co-located with CA National Guard at a number of locations in N. and S. CA (Beale AFB, Castaic, Camarillo, Sherman Oaks)

16NOV2016

  • Continue reporting and viewing simulated damage using Clearinghouse SpotOnResponse, FieldNotes, or other tool
  • Clearinghouse personnel co-located with CA National Guard at a number of locations in N. and S. CA (Beale AFB, Castaic, Camarillo, Sherman Oaks)
  • Visit the Clearinghouse in person 09:00 – 17:00 at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Center (see map and address)
  • Clearinghouse Overflights from Los Alamitos
  • Clearinghouse afternoon briefing 15:00, available via webex (webex and call-in information will be distributed morning 11-16-16). This will be similar to the briefings conducted by the Clearinghouse in the 2014 M6.0, S. Napa earthquake, and will include reports from (1) Clearinghouse personnel on overflights, (2) Clearinghouse personnel in the field, and (3) additional Clearinghouse Field locations or organizational partners.

17NOV2016

  • Clearinghouse exercise highlights webex (webex and call in information will be distributed morning 11-17-16)
  • Hear highlights from Clearinghouse partners participating in the exercise : USGS, EERI, NASA, XchangeCore, Utilities, etc.
  • Learn about, and discuss, information sharing capabilities, processes, workflows, use cases, questions, demonstrations, etc. used by Clearinghouse to improve situational awareness

18NOV2016

  • Debriefing on Clearinghouse participation in National Guard Vigilant Guard exercise. (call in number will be distributed morning 11-18-16)
  • Provide feedback to help us improve our capabilities

Exercise Instructions

This is a Functional Exercise i.e. at a minimum, you can play from your desk top without actually going anywhere.  Participation should take no more than 5-10 minutes, each time. You may add information and view the exercise any time of day or night. We would appreciate it if you could participate at least  twice per day, each day, however, any level of participation is appreciated and welcome.

The Clearinghouse is focusing on the Cajon Pass Area to better understand the importance of interdependencies between critical infrastructures. See event details and map above to get an overview of the expected damage to inform your participation.

Choose which tool to use (you do not need to use all tools) and review step-by-step directions below.

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