FEMA Exercise Puts Northfield Township First Responders to the Test

     FEMA Exercise Puts Northfield Township First Responders to the Test

Allstate Insurance hosts national training initiative

PR Newswire

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 28, 2013

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Northfield Township Road
District brought together first responders from the villages of Northbrook,
Northfield and Glenview, along with the Cook County Department of Homeland
Security and Emergency Management, to participate jointly in a Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Virtual Tabletop Exercise.

The exercise was hosted by Allstate Insurance Company as part of its ongoing
efforts to establish and strengthen collaborative public-private partnerships
in disaster response and recovery. The simulation allowed Northfield
Township's local jurisdictions to gather together and discuss collectively how
they would manage the emergency as presented.

"Allstate was pleased to partner with first responders in our community and
host this event," said Brandi Landreth, director of facilities, security and
BCP  for Allstate. "Planning and preparation before a crisis strikes can have
a substantial effect in improving response and mitigating damage during an

Northfield Township Road District's application on behalf of the participating
local jurisdictions was part of a competitive selection process by FEMA's
training arm, the Emergency Management Institute. The Road District's
application was one of just 10 sites selected from more than 60 applications
nationally to participate in today's exercise. Northfield Township's combined
application was selected as a host site "due in large part to the
multi-jurisdictional approach," said training specialist Todd Wheeler of the
Emergency Management Institute.

"Communication, coordination, and collaboration are the keys to a successful
response and recovery from a disaster situation," Wheeler said. "Participation
across boundaries as well as up the ladder at the county level and reaching
across to the private sector demonstrates that the response organizations in
local government in this area already have a big head start. We don't always
see that."

The table top exercise focused on a weather disaster, the scenario being that
a tornado struck portions of Northfield Township, Glenview, Northfield and
Northbrook. Teams were charged with initiating their responses to injuries,
power outages, damaged homes and businesses, blocked streets, and media
inquiries, all while coordinating their efforts with other agencies and
non-governmental bodies like the American Red Cross.

The event gave participants an opportunity to assess and improve their
preparedness, response and recovery plans, which is the core intent of
Emergency Management Institute exercises. By allowing first responders to
match their plans against a detailed exercise scenario, participants were able
to evaluate the key challenges posed by the scenario, and they could then
share their outcomes and observations with EMI facilitators who would bring
that new information back to the Institute.

Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Executive
Director Michael Masters said, "Under the leadership of President Toni
Preckwinkle, Cook County is working to ensure that we are prepared for all
incidents, whether man-made or natural. Failing to prepare is preparing to
fail. Events such as this – which bring together stakeholders from the public
and private sectors, at all levels – place us in a better position to ensure
that we do not fail. We commend this effort, and appreciate the opportunity
to participate."

The exercise was just one step in an ongoing process for Northfield Township's
jurisdictions to work collectively together to raise the area's level of
preparedness and improve its capabilities to respond and recover from a local
or regional catastrophic event.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held
personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through
its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and
Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products
(auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate
agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial
representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial
and 1-800 Allstate^®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good
Hands With Allstate^®." As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local
communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and
the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit
organizations and important causes across the United States.

SOURCE The Allstate Corporation

Website: http://www.allstate.com
Website: http://www.allstatenewsroom.com
Contact: Laura Strykowski, Allstate, +1-847-402-5600,
laura.strykowski@allstate.com, or Robert E. Dunne, Northfield Township Road
District, +1-847-724-7055, rdunne@northfieldtownship.com
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