EARTH EX 2017
On August 23, 2017, EIS Council launched an entirely new concept for all-sector national and international cooperation for complex Black Sky catastrophes. 500 government agencies, utilities, corporations, universities and volunteer organizations, with nearly 3000 participants in 44 States, every FEMA Region and 10 nations came together, joining in one of the largest scale exercises in history. This unique annual exercise hosts planning for subcontinent-scale power outages, with cascading failure of all our interconnected lifeline infrastructures.
EARTH EX 2018
These annual international, multisector exercises are designed to address the full set of Black Sky hazards, as a unique tool to develop sector, multisector and international planning and resilience to extreme, complex catastrophes. With the 2017 exercise focusing on EMP, next year’s exercise will make unprecedented use of video-enhanced injects and other new technical features to examine consequences and planning needed for a massive cyber-attack. This process will continue, returning to EMP as the primary hazard for the landmark, comprehensive exercise in 2020.
Road Map to 2020
This series of annual global exercises is building toward what is anticipated to be the largest scale exercise in history in 2020, with extensive, real time cross-sector and cross-national coordinated interaction. “Roadmap to EARTH EX 2020,” coming soon, will provide milestone planning for future years, along with highlights of feedback from the many participating organizations in this year’s inaugural exercise.