Coast Guard to conduct Search and Rescue exercise near Flowery Branch, Ga.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston LogoCHARLESTON, S.C. – Coast Guard Sector Charleston is scheduled to conduct a mass casualty search and rescue exercise, Wednesday at 9 a.m. on Lake Sidney Lanier in the vicinity of Flowery Branch, Ga.

Boat crews from the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Hall County Fire and Sheriff’s Department and Georgia Department of Natural Resources will work alongside commercial assistance providers TowBoat and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel.

Personnel will participate in a joint full scale, on-the-water and on-shore practice exercise intended to promote interagency cooperation in the event of a large scale water-borne accident on Lake Lanier.

This exercise is designed to test interagency communication capabilities, raise awareness of all agencies’ search and rescue abilities, and practice necessary skills to utilize unified command principles needed to coordinate a multi-agency response.

Unified Command principles are used in responses when more than one organization is involved and are part of the National Incident Command System (NIMS) standards that are used nation-wide in natural and man-made events such as Hurricane Katrina and Deepwater Horizon.

The exercise is scheduled to last approximately four hours.

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