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Terrorism Task Force to conduct tabletop exercise 'Big Creek Bedlam'

Published June 04. 2010 05:00PM

On Tuesday, June 22, the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Counter Terrorism Task Force, in concert with the Carbon County and Northampton County Emergency Management Agencies, will conduct an emergency preparedness tabletop exercise at the Carbon County EMA building.

"This exercise is designed to help foster relationships between the emergency management agencies, responders, and the governing authorities of our water systems in the county," said Mark Nalesnik, Emergency Management coordinator for Carbon County.

The "Big Creek Bedlam" tabletop exercise is designed to provide an opportunity for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bethlehem Water Authority to foster "a greater understanding of risks involving their facilities and to help identify planning deficiencies and test the emergency response system for strengths and needed improvements," said Robert Werts, program manager for the Northeast PA Regional Counter Terrorism Task Force.

The tabletop exercise scenario will involve a simulated terrorist attack on one of the area's reservoirs that will impact its surrounding area, the remaining reservoirs and the community downstream.

The exercise will be the culmination of months of planning and preparation by several organizations including: Cocciardi and Associates, Inc., Carbon County Emergency Management, Northampton County Emergency Management, Bethlehem Water Authority, and the Army Corps of Engineers, among many others.

Cocciardi and Associates, Inc., is a consulting company with expertise in the Emergency Preparedness field. Cocciardi provides emergency planning, training, and continuity of services programs for many private and public sector clients throughout Pennsylvania.

For more information on this exercise, contact Robert Werts at (570) 992-4113 or

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