EMA participates in #2018RoadtoRecovery exercise

Earlier this week, several members of the Madison County Emergency Management & Department of Homeland Security Agency teamed up with EMA personnel from other District 6 counties to participate in the full scale recovery exercise named “2018 Road to Recovery”. The full scale exercise was held at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in southern Indiana and managed by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Agency. This multi day training exercise allowed our members, who are part of the District 6 Incident Management Team, to test our skills in a near real life response scenario exercise. The scenario involved historic flooding in “Hoosier County, Indiana” which caused wide spread damage through out the county. During the flood event, water rescue teams were actively rescuing citizens from their homes in the sunken city (see pictures below). The seven members from Madison County EMA joined 6 others from the district to activate the IMT. Our staff held positions of, Operations, Communications Leader (Comm-L), Public Information, Documentation specialist, and support. In addition to the seven members at MUTC, 1 person from the PIO division supported the exercise from our EOC located in Anderson, IN. “This was a great exercise for our District 6 Incident Management Team to mobilize, setup, manage an incident, pack up, and demobilize all within 72 hours” said Tom Ecker, Executive Director of Madison County EMA. Each year, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security takes 3 or 4 of the district task force teams to MUTC for training. Emergency responders in Indiana are very lucky to have MUTC in our backyard and available for training. District 6 IMT looks forward to the opportunity to return to MUTC to further improve our response capabilities.

Here is a little more information about Muscatatuck Urban Training Center and its capabilities for Military and Public Safety responders:

Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex: “As Real As It Gets”
Recognized as the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) largest urban training facility serving those who work to defend the homeland and win the peace,[i] Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex (MUTC) offers users a globally unique, urban and rural, multi-domain operating environment.

Muscatatuck is a real city that includes a built physical infrastructure, a well-integrated cyber-physical environment, an electromagnetic effects system and human elements. Muscatatuck offers users the most realistic, flexible and affordable approach for testing and training. The site can also support conducting customized live/virtual/constructive-gaming (LVC-G) testing, training and evaluation.

Multi-Domain Environment

The multi-domain environment includes a physical metropolitan infrastructure; a 1,000 acre urban and rural landscape with more than 200 brick and mortar structures; a managed airspace; a 180-acre reservoir; 1.5 miles of subterranean tunnels; a doctrinally correct Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF); and a cyber “live-fire range,” or CyberTropolis, capable of supporting live offensive and defensive operations. The multi-domain environment reflects the 21st Century battlefield, which includes land, sea, air, space and cyberspace, and also comprises human terrain to increase realism.

Realistic and Flexible

Everything in the city and surrounding property– including the people – is “in play.” Culturally authentic animals and role players can participate in exercise scenarios that are customized by subject matter experts (SMEs) according to user needs. SMEs design both foreign and domestic scenarios that replicate the most complex and dynamic multi-domain environments in which U.S. forces, DoD civilians and first responders operate. MUTC offers a robust and realistic electromagnetic environment, telecommunications infrastructure and a well-developed, closed network wireless environment consisting of 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and other RF technologies.

Affordable Collaboration

MUTC employs a “network effect” operating model to generate two major values for the user: A highly realistic training/assessment environment at a cost-benefit ratio virtually impossible to achieve if attempted alone; and, the opportunity to collaborate as a “team of equals” with other agencies and entities that will be critical to mission success. Collaboration is effected while ensuring that each agency retains total control of its program.

MUTC Terrain Zones

The infrastructure is divided into six general terrain zones with real streets and structures that reflect a general theme of a city layout:

Urban Core
Rule of Law
MUTC Real-World Cyber-Physical Infrastructure:

The following list is in alphabetical order. Every structure on the complex is “in play.”

1.5 Miles of Tunnel Systems
4 Downed Aircraft (ex: B-727)
5 Rubble Buildings (14 searchable lanes):
–Collapsed Apartment Building
–Collapsed Parking Garage
–Floodable, Collapsed Rail Trestle
5-Story Hospital
7-Story High-Angle Rescue Trainer
9 Miles of Roads with 3 Traffic Circles and Overpass
B-757 Cabin Simulator
Bus Station
Business Offices
Camp Holland Isolated Housing Area
Cave Complex
Circular Drop Zone
Coal-Fired Steam Plant
Concrete Batch Plant
Convenience Store/Pizza Shop
Cyber Range
Destroyed Substation
Destroyed Trailer Park
Farms, Third-World
Fire Rescue Trainer
Fire Station
Fitness Center and Gym
Flooded Community
Freshwater Treatment Facility (functional)
Gas Station
Landing Zones/Pickup Zones
Multicultural Center
Multi-Purpose Building
Municipal Buildings
Nursing Home
Observation/Clock Tower
Oil Refinery
Power Transfer Station
Prison Compound
Public Transit
Radio Station
Residential Neighborhoods/Single Family Homes
Salvage Yard/Motor Pool
Site Exploitation Houses
Sniper Locations
Soccer Stadium
Static-Line Surveyed Drop Zone (FOB Panther)
Subway Station
Tactical Operations Centers (isolation facilities)
Town Houses
Train Station
Training School
Urban Canyon
Blank/Simunition Shoot House
Walled and Gated Embassy
Wastewater Treatment Facility (functional)
Click here for the complete list of structures including housing units at MUTC and COB Panther.

Muscatatuck is located in South Central Indiana’s Jennings County near Butlerville, Ind. Click here for driving directions. To schedule your customized training scenario, contact the Muscatatuck Scheduling Office at 317-247-3300 x 41777 or email our operations/scheduling specialists.

[i] Atterbury-Muscatatuck serves military units, first responders, government agencies and industry from around the globe. The National Center for Complex Operations, Inc. (NCCO), usncco.com, works with private contractors to arrange training and use of Atterbury-Muscatatuck. Foreign operators must abide by international trade regulations and follow procedures outlined by the U.S. Department of State.