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Monday, June 25, 2012

Too Hot to Even Blog ... PHOTO HUNT!

If you haven't noticed, summer has arrived, bringing with it 100-degree temperatures and inflated electricity bills. It's too hot to do much of anything that doesn't involve an icy beverages, air conditioning, thesis reading and (at least for me) re-watching Ken Burn's The Civil War on Netflix. It's too hot to even blog. So ... rather than facing writer's block, I decided to create a photo hunt from a few archived photos.

Can you find the seven differences in each pair of photos below?

Respond using the provided comment option.

Photo #1: State of Arizona Mobile Communications Centers

The Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) is not a "boots on the ground"-type organization; in other words, the Division does not direct suppression efforts on a wildfire or manage evacuations in a flood. But ADEM does provide logistical support. Case in point are the mobile communications vehicles affectionately referred to as the bullfrog (a 40-foot RV-style vehicle) and toads (four smaller vans). Both the bullfrog and the toads are equipped with technical communication systems and are deployed to an impacted jurisdiction to aid interoperability and provide work space for emergency responders.

Photo #2: Vigilant Guard/Statewide Exercise, 2011

Last November, the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA), ADEM's parent agency, conducted the largest disaster preparedness exercise in state history. Vigilant Guard involved 8,000 participants from over 250 federal, state and local agencies. The exercise simulated the detonation of an Improvised Nuclear Device (or IND) in Downtown Phoenix, and included an engineered rubble pile built at the Phoenix Fire Training Academy. The rubble pile recreated a realistic environment of tight spaces and obstacles for participant first responders to train.

Photo #3: State Emergency Operations Center

The State Emergency Operations Center (or SEOC) is where ADEM coordinates the response efforts of government agencies in times of emergency and disaster. It is used extensively for training and exercises and was last activated for the Wallow and Monument fires in the summer of 2011. In an SEOC activation, representatives from government and non-governmental organizations convene at the facility for better coordination and communication.


Photo #1: State of Arizona Mobile Communications Centers,

Photo #2: Vigilant Guard/Statewide Exercise,

Photo #3: State Emergency Operations Center,

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