Houston Office Hosts Tabletop Exercise

Katie Hogan

Freese and Nichols’ Houston office hosted a tabletop exercise for the Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2 (LID#2) on Friday, Sept. 26. Rita Anderson, Water Resources Design, Houston, facilitated the exercise, which was attended by representatives of the District’s operations contractor, StormWater Solutions; the District’s Engineer of Record, Costello Engineering; and the District’s General Manager, Mike Stone Associates.

The Board was represented by André McDonald, Board President and Glen Gill, Board Secretary. Also in attendance were representatives of the City of Sugar Land Office of Emergency Management, City of Sugar Land Public Works, USACE Galveston District Office of Emergency Management, USACE Southwest Division Office of Emergency Management, National Weather Service River Forecast Center for Houston/Galveston, and representatives from First Colony Levee Improvement District in Sugar Land.

The tabletop session exercised the Freese and Nichols-developed Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for LID#2 with a scenario based on Central Texas’ Christmas Flood in 1991. An After Action Review will capture the lessons learned from the exercise, including what was done well and what changes should be made to the Notification Flowchart and the EAP. After the Board has reviewed and accepted the report, Rita will update the EAP. This is the fourteenth tabletop exercise or EAP review that Rita has presented for clients. Most exercises are facilitated at the client’s location.