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GOTHAM WIND #3 2016:  Dirty Bomb Continuity Tabletop Exercise - February 17, 2016

February 3, 2016

The New York Federal Executive Board, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region II, NYU’s International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (INTERCEP) and NorthEast FIRST – a regional coalition for the financial sector – is sponsoring a continuity tabletop exercise to increase readiness amongst Federal Executive Boards Departments and Agencies, State, tribal, local jurisdictional and the private sector in the event of a dirty bomb attack.


A “dirty bomb” is a radiological dispersion device (RDD) that combines conventional explosives, such as dynamite, with radioactive material. The bomb can be as small as a firecracker or as big as a truck. The blast from the dirty bomb could possibly cause buildings and people to be exposed to and contaminated by radioactive material, causing fear and panic, mass evacuations, create economic chaos, inflict environmental and property damage and significant cleanup costs.  The main purpose of a dirty bomb is to frighten people and make buildings or land unusable for a long period of time.


While a dirty bomb is not a “Weapon of Mass Destruction” it is a “Weapon of Mass Disruption.” Its consequences include not having a clear beginning or ending; decontamination of buildings or areas which may go on for a long period of time; psychological effects on workers who might refuse to return to work; and stalling of the local economy while residents try to overcome their shock. 


The purpose of this tabletop exercise is to impart a clearer understanding of the dirty bomb threat to ensure the public, private-sector, and government agencies can continue operations of essential functions in the event of a dirty bomb attack through preparation and prevention efforts.  The exercise objectives are to mitigate vulnerabilities; identify gaps or weaknesses in organization continuity plans, policies and procedures; and encourage public and private organizations to jointly plan for, and test, their continuity plans in the event of a dirty bomb attack.


GOTHAM WIND 2016 EXERCISE OVERVIEW: 3rd in a series of 3 Dirty Bomb Tabletop Exercises

  • Who: NY Federal Executive Board Departments and Agencies, State, tribal, local jurisdictional and the private sector

  • What: Gotham Wind 2016: Dirty Bomb Continuity Tabletop Exercise – 3rd iteration

  • Purpose: To foster a partnership amongst Federal/private sector; increase continuity readiness under a dirty bomb attack; and identify gaps and areas for improvement in continuity plans

  • Scope: New York City Metropolitan Area/Northern NJ Metropolitan Areas

  • When: 1 Tabletop Exercises – Wednesday February 17, 2016

    • 8:00 am - Registration
      8:30 am - StartEx / 12:00 pm Endex

  • Where: 4 World Trade Center (also known as 150 Greenwich Street NY, NY 10007) PLEASE NOTE VENUE ADDRESS

  • Deliverables: tabletop exercise; lessons learned; and after-action reports



  1. Foster partnerships between the public and private sector

  2. Identify and prioritize essential functions

  3. Identify gaps or weaknesses in the organization’s continuity plan, policies, and procedures

  4. Discuss continuity communications with stakeholders, partner agencies, and/or customers

  5. Encourage organizations to jointly plan for, and test, their continuity plans in the event of a dirty bomb attack

To RSVP and for additional information, please register at:

February 17, 2016:


Additional WebEx information will be provided prior to the event.


If you have any questions regarding Gotham Wind 2016, please contact:


Russell Fox

FEMA Region II

212-680-8504 (office)

917-318-4859 (cell) 


Gregory M. Gist

NorthEast FIRST



Petri S. Martinez

Northern New Jersey Federal Executive Board


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