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August 22, 2007
Operation Noble Resolve experiment continue through Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007
 
Operation Noble Resolve is an Interoperability/Information sharing computer experiment that will test exercise participants ability to share information between data systems and communicate. The goal of the experiment is to test the ability to communicate using a variety of tools, i.e. Common Operating Picture (COP) tools, Web notification and warning tools, and modeling and simulation tools for computer mapping during a catastrophic emergency. These tools have been adopted by the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and other emergency responders. Noble Resolve is sponsored by a research unit of US Joint Forces Command, Headquartered in Virginia. The experiment involves different scenarios in three separate jurisdictions: Oregon, Guam, and Hawaii.

Operation Noble Resolve, is a computer software experiment being conducted this week at the Joint Operations Center (JOC) of the Oregon National Guard in Salem, Ore. There will be no effect on the citizens of Oregon, roadways or other responders. The Oregon National Guard is the main participant in Oregon for this experiment. Oregon's participation is a computer simulation of an earthquake along the Mt Hood fault line and a fictional dam break. Both events are possible natural hazards that could occur in Oregon. This experiment will allow the Oregon National Guard Joint Operations Center to test their ability to plan for potential search and rescue operations, logistical and medical staging and support areas across different mediums. The exercise will further allow the Oregon National Guard to test their communications system utilized to access outside resources, through EMAC, to determine additional support capacity systems that may assist in supporting Oregon's citizens during a major disaster.

Use of the software by the JOC provides training to the Oregon National Guard while testing the capabilities of the system and reporting any deficiencies that may need improvement to the system to ensure it will provide maximum effectiveness during a natural or man-made disaster. This is another way the Oregon National Guard is there to uphold the Constitution, support the Governor of Oregon and assist other state agencies to protect the citizens of Oregon.

Major Martin Plotner, Deputy State Provost Marshall for the Oregon National Guard states, "Situational Awareness and Communication are the cornerstones of all response efforts. The ability to see, evaluate, plan, and communicate are critical to the management of an emergent and/or planned event. Testing established coordination and communication protocols and equipment is necessary to ensure that responders, elected officials, and emergency operations centers have what they need, know how to use it, and can trouble shoot any problems in training rather that during an actual event. Prior training and testing may prevent future problems should a disaster occur.
 
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Kay Fristad
Public Affairs
Oregon National Guard
503-584-3917
cell 503-931-5179