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Exercise Watermark Reports

by on August 25, 2011

In March over 10,000 people took part in Britain’s biggest ever civil emergency exercise. For the last few months the Exercise Watermark Review Team have been putting together its findings based on workshops and review materials submitted to the project team from participants.

An Interim Report was published in June 2011 to review the exercise, make draft recommendations and focus the team for the final report due out next month, September 2011.

Exercise Watermark was structured to have three levels of activity. The ‘core’ element involved COBR (Cabinet Office Briefing Room), Defra, the Environment Agency and other Regional agencies. Local Resilience Forum’s delivered 35 ‘bolt on’ exercises and a large number of community based activities also took place involving those with personal and business flood plans.

The interim report includes a number of draft recommendations based on Exercise Planning as well as learning and outcomes from the Exercise. These include recommendations at all three levels of the Exercise as well as Media Response, Data and Information and Resources. Social media was identified as a means of communicating that needed further exploration.

The Interim Report and Annexes can be downloaded from the Exercise Watermark website:

http://www.exercisewatermark.co.uk/en/reports.aspx .

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