On 8 October, 2002, approximately 30 students from Sugarloaf Middle School traveled to the Monroe County Government Center to participate in a hurricane planning exercise. The Monroe County Emergency Operations Center was assembled, and students role-played in the various emergency support functions.
The situation: A Category IV hurricane named Sharky moves west across the Florida Keys. The exercise involved many scenarios in preparation, evacuation, disseminating public information, and recovery.
The following agencies were represented:
Monroe County Emergency Management
Proby & Associates Inc., for The Weather Channel and Project Safeside
Sugarloaf Middle School
American Red Cross Greater Miami/Florida Keys Chapter
Monroe County Sheriffs Department
...and your National Weather Service Key West, Florida