On April 12th, the Treasure Coast RPC hosted Operation Troubled Waters, a full-scale terrorism and mass casualty exercise which was jointly planned, conducted and funded through t he Region 5 Regional Domestic Security Task Force and the Treasure Coast Local Emergency Planning Committee. The exercise encompassed Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie Counties and included 10 active incident response sites, 34 participating and supporting local, state, and federal agencies and 250 volunteers.
Through regional planning conferences, the exercise committee developed common incident response goals and objectives. They then designed a risk driven scenario engaging current response capabilities. The exercise scenario centered around a violent agricultural activist group with stolen toxic chemicals attempting to poison an irrigation water supply. The Florida National Guard/48th Civil Support Team landed a 6 man special operations hazardous materials response team by Blackhawk helicopter. Incident sites included FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Tradition Irrigation Water Plant, Witham Field, Emergency Operations Centers, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, and Martin Health Systems Hospitals.
Operation Troubled Waters supported the public safety mission by exercising multi-jurisdictional communication and coordination, responder mutual aid, and resource management. It enhanced regional efforts to prevent, protect, mitigate and respond to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.