Utility to Stage Mock Disaster Thursday

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 9, 2013 – In an effort to assess the preparedness of its personnel to work cohesively in a crisis scenario, Kissimmee Utility Authority will conduct a full-scale mock disaster exercise on Thursday, April 11.

The four-hour drill will involve a wide range of activities, including both live-action training and table top exercises. Activities will include pre- and post-hurricane scenarios and other threats that will be handled with the same intensity as real-life incidents.

A team of observers will evaluate the drill to identify vulnerabilities and exposures and make recommendations for improvements. These observations will be shared with utility management in a drill debriefing.

“Disaster drills play an important role in the overall development and testing of an emergency plan,” said Jef Gray, KUA’s vice president of information technology and utility drill coordinator. “We want to identify any shortfalls now so they can be addressed prior to the start of hurricane season.”

The drill will not impact normal utility operations.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. Weather forecasters are predicting an above average season for 2013 with 16 named storms, nine hurricanes and five major hurricanes, according to a forecast released Monday by Weather Services International.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836