2011 Flood Exercise

Exercise Background and Scenario

Simulated photo of flooded Appalchian campusImagine a major hurricane that tracks inland through North Carolina and finally stalls over the Boone area for several days, resulting in the most rainfall ever recorded within six consecutive days. The torrential rainfall and flooding from the stalled hurricane results in extensive damages to Appalachian's campus. In addition to an immediate response to the critical life safety concerns, the University must also restore services and recover from the storm.
As part of Appalachian's continued commitment to improving safety, security, and preparedness, the University will conduct an emergency management exercise on May, 11 2011 that simulates a major flood in the High Country. The exercise will include participants from across campus, the Town of Boone, and Watauga County.
The exercise itself will only last one day, although the research, collaboration, and reports from the exercise will benefit both Appalachian and the surrounding community for many years. This year, the Office of Emergency Plans and Operations is utilizing a practitioner-academic model to develop both a beneficial training exercise for the University and academic service project with a final report.
Note: The images on this page are for illustrative purposes only. The flooding depicted in the photo is not based on GIS or flood modeling data, however, as the design progresses, we will post modeling images, maps, and other information.
Exercise Timeline

September - December, 2010 - Teams assembled, scenario development, research, flood modeling, and outreach  (Complete)

January, 2011 - Scenario finalized  (Complete)                                                                

February - March, 2011 - Exercise presentation materials developed and finalized. Invitations sent out (Complete)

April, 2011 - Final exercise planning documents printed and published (In Progress)

May 11, 2011 - Conduct exercise

June, 2011 - Final report and improvement plan published

Scenario Design Team
Lead Planner - Mr. Seth Norris
Director, Emergency Plans & Operations
Facilitator - Dr. John Pine
Director, Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geography and Planning
Evaluator - Dr. Marvin Hoffman
Professor, Department of Government and Justice Studies
Controller - Mr. Jason Marshburn
Emergency Management Coordinator, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Controller - Dr. Gregrey Taylor
Assistant Director, Physical Plant
Flood Designer - Dr. Chris Badurek
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Planning
Flood Designer - Ms. Ashleigh Turner
Graduate Assistant, Department of Geography and Planning