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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 36

posted Oct 9, 2017, 4:52 AM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



DE NNO5HD OHMR OH 36

R 091150Z OCT 2017

FM BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

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SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 36

  1. BLACK SWAN 17 is now in Recovery period until ENDEX 151000Z Oct.

  2. Participants are asked to send photo, video, and audio from BLACK SWAN 17 affiliated operations to the Exercise Director for inclusion in after-action reports.

  3. Traffic Destinations still available for BLACK SWAN 17 related welfare traffic for Recovery-phase participants.

  4. Participants are asked to answer the survey. We prefer each participant answer individually but the survey does allow for organizations to respond. https://sites.google.com/view/blackswan/2017/participant-survey

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 35

posted Oct 8, 2017, 5:26 PM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



DE NNO5HD OHMR OH 35

R 090015Z OCT 2017

FM BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

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SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 35

  1. Thanks to all participating players, controllers, evaluators, and observers involved to date.

  2. BLACK SWAN 17 is resuming once daily OPBULL schedule.

  3. Participating organizations are asked to develop After-Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP) documents using HSEEP standard if possible. See Info Packet for template. https://sites.google.com/view/blackswan/2017/info-packet

  4. Participants are asked to deliver AAR/IP documentation to BLACK SWAN 17 Exercise Director for inclusion in BLACK SWAN 17 AAR/IP.

  5. BLACK SWAN 17 will conclude all Intense Activity period actions in place of Recovery period actions at 091000Z Oct 17.

  6. BLACK SWAN 17 ENDEX IS AT 151000Z Oct 17.

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 34

posted Oct 8, 2017, 5:25 PM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 081700Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

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SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 34

  1. W8SGT has completed emergency operations and secured the stations.

  2. Please direct sitreps through traffic system to:

Ohio EOC W8SGT

Columbus OH 43235

  1. Note that W8SGT traffic sent by Winlink will not be received. Please resend SET related traffic via traffic system.

  2. Preliminary reports include actions by county CERTs, SKYWARN, ARES, traffic nets, and military.

  3. BLACK SWAN will resume once daily OPBULL schedule after 2000L today.

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 33

posted Oct 8, 2017, 5:24 PM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 081645Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

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SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 33

  1. Many counties have completed emergency operations and secured their stations.

  2. Please direct sitreps through traffic system to:

Ohio EOC W8SGT

Columbus OH 43235

  1. Note that W8SGT traffic sent by Winlink will not be received. Please resend SET related traffic via traffic system.

  2. Central Ohio Traffic Net will continue operations every two hours and resume normal schedule at 1915L.

  3. W8SGT will secure station at 1400L.

  4. Reports for W8SGT may continue to flow through traffic system.

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 32

posted Oct 8, 2017, 5:24 PM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 081600Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

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SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 32

  1. Services being restored throughout much of state of Ohio.

  2. Franklin County has moved to recovery iterations.

  3. Many counties have completed emergency operations.

  4. Reports continue to move throughout traffic system.

  5. Central Ohio Traffic Net will continue operations every two hours and resume normal schedule at 1915L.

  6. W8SGT will secure station at 1400L.

  7. Reports for W8SGT may continue to flow through traffic system.

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 31

posted Oct 8, 2017, 5:41 AM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 081230Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

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SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 31

  1. W8SGT will be visited by exercise observers approximately 1100-1200L today.

  2. W8SGT will appreciate SITREPs delivered while observers are present.

  3. Reports and methods of delivery to W8SGT should follow usual procedure:

    1. Copy any BULLs from OHDEN,

    2. Send direct tactical traffic via Ohio HF Emergency Net, and

    3. Send SITREPs and other formal traffic via traffic system as TEST PRIORITY precedence.

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 30

posted Oct 8, 2017, 3:21 AM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 072150Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

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SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 30

THIS MESSAGE IS EXERCISE TRAFFIC.

  1. Operations throughout Ohio are preparing for evening operation.

  2. Relay of welfare and routine traffic are expected on evening nets.

  3. Participants are asked to advise Ohio EOC of their planned operating hours this evening and tomorrow along with SITREPs by way of traffic system with TEST PRIORITY precedence:

OHIO EOC W8SGT
Columbus, OH 43235

THIS IS EXERCISE TRAFFIC. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED UPON THESE SIMULATED REPORTS.

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 29

posted Oct 8, 2017, 3:21 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

Exercise OPBULLs 12-28 were injects that got increasingly specific about the weather situation: a derecho moving its way from Iowa through Ohio. Those are available on the BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL Archive. We resume posting of OPBULLs with 29, a summary of activity in the COTN operating area.


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 072115Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

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SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 29

THIS MESSAGE IS EXERCISE TRAFFIC.

  1. SKYWARN nets in Franklin Co and Hamilton Co activated. Operators now taking damage reports.

  2. CERT active in Franklin Co for damage assessment operations.

  3. Extensive damage in Ohio. Latest estimates over 300,000 customers without power. Roads blocked, in some cases flooding.

  4. Infrastructure including radio repeater systems returning to service in Central and Southern Ohio.

  5. Sheltering operations getting underway in multiple counties throughout Ohio.

  6. Traffic stations needed for originating outbound welfare traffic from shelters. Stations are advised to notify their net managers of availability and await further instructions per request of local EMAs.

THIS IS EXERCISE TRAFFIC. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED UPON THESE SIMULATED REPORTS.

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 11

posted Oct 7, 2017, 10:00 AM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 071700Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

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SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 11


  1. The simulated severe weather warning is to be transmitted to all BLACK SWAN 17 participants, complete with TEST / EXERCISE text, after 1700Z until 2100Z.

  2. Participants are to adjust local play to accommodate this activity where possible, e.g., SKYWARN may activate spotters, CERT may activate damage assessment teams, etc.

  3. Situation reports including simulated local severe weather and impact should be directed by TEST PRIORITY precedence radiogram to:

OHIO EOC W8SGT

COLUMBUS OH 43235

  1. Reports received will be integrated into future bulletins in exercise play.

  2. EXERCISE INFO: Several tornadoes already reported from Iowa through Ohio as part of this group of storms. Iowa and Illinois are now experiencing flash floods from severe rainfall. ARES activations seen throughout Ohio. Ohio emergency management and military assets have been called to alert in anticipation of need for rapid response. THIS IS AN EXERCISE.

  3. The remainder of this bulletin is text for transmission as instructed above.


TEST…TEST…TEST…IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

TEST…TEST…TEST…SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 999

NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK

100 PM EDT SAT OCT 7 2017


THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

TEST SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF


EXTREME SOUTHEAST INDIANA

EXTREME NORTHERN KENTUCKY

MOST OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN OHIO

CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST WEST VIRGINIA


EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 100 PM UNTIL

800 PM EDT.


HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 80

MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.


THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 80

STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 35 MILES WEST

NORTHWEST OF DAYTON OHIO TO 45 MILES EAST OF PARKERSBURG WEST

VIRGINIA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE

ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU6).



REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE

FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH

AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR

THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS

AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY

DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.


DISCUSSION...A DEVELOPING MCS/BOW ECHO ACROSS INDIANA IS EXPECTED TO

MOVE ESEWD THROUGH THE AFTERNOON/EVENING AT ROUGHLY 50 KT. THE

STORM ENVIRONMENT DOWNSTREAM FEATURES STRONG INSTABILITY AND

SUFFICIENT DEEP-LAYER FLOW/SHEAR TO MAINTAIN AN ORGANIZED MCS...AND

THERE WILL BE THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS /SOME

SIGNIFICANT/ WITH THIS BOWING SYSTEM THROUGH THIS EVENING.


AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT

TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 70

KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 650. MEAN STORM

MOTION VECTOR 29050.

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS TEST

MESSAGE USED ONLY FOR A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM EXERCISE/SIMULATION.


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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 10

posted Oct 7, 2017, 9:22 AM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 071600Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

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SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 10


  1. This bulletin contains the text of a simulated severe weather warning for the entire state of Indiana.

  2. The simulated severe weather warning is to be transmitted to all BLACK SWAN 17 participants, complete with TEST / EXERCISE text, after 1600Z until 1800Z.

  3. Participants are to adjust local play to accommodate this activity where possible, e.g., SKYWARN may activate spotters, CERT may activate damage assessment teams, etc.

  4. Situation reports including simulated local severe weather and impact should be directed by TEST PRIORITY precedence radiogram to:

BLACK SWAN 17 KD8TTE
    BEXLEY OH 43209

  1. Reports received will be integrated into future bulletins in exercise play.

  2. EXERCISE INFO: LORAIN CO OH EMA REPORTS TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN SOUTHERN LORAIN COUNTY OH HOSPITAL HEAVILY DAMAGED POLICE DEPT HAS SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE DOT SEARCH AND RESCUE EFFORTS UNDERWAY. THIS IS AN EXERCISE.

  3. EXERCISE INFO: FRANKLIN CO SUFFERING SPORADIC POWER OUTAGES. SOME REPEATER SYSTEMS UNRELIABLE. CENTRAL OHIO TRAFFIC NET OPERATING SIMPLEX. THIS IS AN EXERCISE.

  4. The remainder of this bulletin is text for transmission as instructed above.


THIS IS A TEST SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH TO BE USED ONLY DURING A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM EXERCISE/SIMULATION ON OCTOBER 7, 2017. AGAIN…THIS MESSAGE IS FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS MESSAGE.


TEST…TEST…TEST…IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

TEST…TEST…TEST…SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 999

NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK

1200 PM EDT SAT OCT 7 2017


THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

TEST SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF


INDIANA


EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON FROM 100 PM UNTIL

200 PM EDT.


HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 80

MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.


THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS THE STATE OF INDIANA.



REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE

FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH

AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR

THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS

AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY

DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.


DISCUSSION...A DEVELOPING MCS/BOW ECHO ACROSS ILLINOIS IS EXPECTED TO

MOVE ESEWD THROUGH THE MORNING AT ROUGHLY 50 KT. THE

STORM ENVIRONMENT DOWNSTREAM FEATURES STRONG INSTABILITY AND

SUFFICIENT DEEP-LAYER FLOW/SHEAR TO MAINTAIN AN ORGANIZED MCS...AND

THERE WILL BE THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS /SOME

SIGNIFICANT/ WITH THIS BOWING SYSTEM THROUGH MID-DAY.


AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT

TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 70

KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 650. MEAN STORM

MOTION VECTOR 29050.

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS TEST

MESSAGE USED ONLY FOR A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM EXERCISE/SIMULATION.


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