Gobi Wolf 2016

IMG_4631Gobi Wolf is a civil-military disaster preparedness and response initiative that focuses on regional readiness in response to natural and man-made disasters.

Gobi Wolf is part of U.S. Army Pacific Resilience program, USARPAC’s main platform for identifying best practices and lessons learned across the humanitarian assistance/disaster relief spectrum. Its mission is to enhance all parties’ abilities to respond and recover from an emergency situation.

Gobi Wolf is part of the Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange program, which focuses on interagency coordination and foreign humanitarian assistance.

The exercise is designed to test disaster response processes while maximizing realism through a series of scenarios.

The specific scenario simulated for Gobi Wolf 2016 was a severe earthquake that hit the mining city of Erdenet, the third largest city in Mongolia.

The simulated earthquake also affected the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, but the epicenter was much closer to Erdenet.

Service members and civilians from U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Army Alaska, the Alaska Army National Guard, Alaska Air National Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Administration, and the United States Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance joined more than 100 participants from 30 governmental, non-governmental, municipal and military agencies from Mongolia, the U.S. and international relief agencies to participate in the disaster response exercise and exchange.