March 2, 2016
- Over a million visitors each year walk through acres upon acres of botanical beauty at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. As part of their emergency operations planning, Longwood Gardens requested the Office of Homeland Security to conduct a prevention and protection table top exercise for their personnel. OHS invited federal, state and local officials to meet with the Longwood Gardens personnel to work together to identify coordination, collaboration and interoperability issues; identify information sharing, responsibilities and gaps; and identify vulnerabilities and capabilities in planning and deployment of personnel for prevention, protection and mitigation activities. The scenarios developed for this exercise covered a threat of a terrorist attack, weather issues, mass demonstration and a hazardous materials incident at Longwood Gardens.