Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan and Emergency Communications Exercise— Boone County, Illinois

Lafayette Group was contracted to assist the Boone County Emergency Management Agency with the development of Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan (TICP). The TICP serves as an operational guide and details emergency communications procedures for emergency responder agencies and personnel throughout Boone County. The Boone County TICP is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Illinois Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan. Upon disseminating the TICP, Lafayette Group conducted a functional exercise to validate the TICP and to evaluate the interoperable communications capabilities of Boone County. Personnel representing thirteen emergency management agencies in Boone County participated in the exercise. The exercise scenario involved a mass casualty incident; responders were faced with multiple victims that had traumatic injuries and heat-related illnesses, and widespread power outages.