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FEMA Seeks GA Planes and Pilots for Massive Earthquake Disaster Exercise

FEMA Exercise

April 28, 2011 — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is conducting the biggest earthquake preparedness exercise in U.S. history in mid-May and its partner Aerobridge seeks volunteer pilots and planes to participate. Following the GA response to Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti, FEMA is working with Aerobridge, which coordinates emergency aviation response during disasters, to formally integrate GA into its disaster response plans, specifically for post-disaster surveillance and medical support.

From May 13-17, FEMA will practice responding to a massive earthquake in the central U.S. along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which runs through portions of Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois. Employing mobile technology that the U.S. Coast Guard has been using during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the volunteer aircraft would participate in critical infrastructure analysis of several counties in Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

The volunteer pilots will be able to see some “gee-whiz” technology at work as the agencies’ mobile technology will be photographing with real-time geo-tagging transmitted back to a command center for analysis. The agency is seeking high-wing aircraft with a top speed of no more than 120 knots for those aircraft that will be participating in surveillance.

If you are interested in volunteering your aircraft please contact Eric Whyte via e-mail or 414-241-4469.

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