Regional Power Mission Exercises

Thursday, July 7, 2016

What is it?

Regional Power Mission Exercises (RPME) train and exercise the temporary emergency power community who provides emergency power during times of national disaster.

The temporary emergency power community is comprised of many organizations who bring their resources to restore the disrupted power quickly and safely. These exercises provide opportunities to enhance interoperability and gain feedback on how to improve processes, procedures, and tools.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) exercise scenarios:

  • Simulate a natural disaster
  • Includes a temporary emergency power PRT, Emergency Command & Control Vehicles (ECCV), Advanced Contract Initiative (ACI) contractor power management cell, 249th Engineer Battalion Type IV team, and a component of Task Force Temporary Emergency Power
  • Has participation from support organizations such as the Defense Logistics Agency, National Guard, and volunteer organizations

What has the Army done?

Following a natural disaster or emergency, USACE provides state and local officials with a variety of support capabilities regarding emergency power needs at critical public facilities. Power is a necessary resource for first responders and other organizations who participate in disaster response and recovery operations. The temporary emergency power community provides this capability to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the federal government’s unified national response under the National Response Framework. The purpose of the National Response Framework is to ensure all response partners understand domestic incident response roles, responsibilities, and relationships in order to respond more effectively to any type of incident.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

USACE will continue to enhance and evaluate capabilities to provide timely temporary emergency power in support of the nation’s needs, and will conduct RPMEs each year to exercise the capabilities of the temporary emergency power community.

Why is this important to the Army?

Regional Power Mission Exercises helps to build readiness. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a globally-recognized leader in military and civil engineering and strategically delivers innovative solutions to meet the Army’s requirement to execute a dynamic range of technical challenges and critical engineering support. The Army supports RPME as a means of enhancing readiness to deliver power quickly and safely when required by the nation.

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