Monthly Archives: May 2010

Drill: Responding to Boston Harbor Plane Crash

On Saturday morning – 5:00 am – I woke up and headed to the American Red Cross of Mass Bay, the Cambridge Chapter to participate in Operation Ready 2010.

After the team was assembled, our Durango, along with three other chapter cars, headed to the drill site – Logan International Airport.

Organizations such as MassPort Authority, State Police, MEMA, beside Massachusetts Maritime Academy Cadets, were ready and geared up to get the drill started. Media were all over the place, to get the word out for avoiding any sort of panic situations passengers might have on Logan as more than 50 EMSs, 100 Firefighters, State Police, and Coast Guard staff were mobilized on site.

The exercise was carried out on a full scale. More than 600 hundred responders were on site, and 50 other state, non- and governmental organizations were also there.

The ARCMB was providing MassCare, National Services, DMH Assistance, and Canteening personnel on site, as well as, the participation in the EOC room in terms of facilitating connections and services on different level organizations.

I basically had done MassCare and helped in Canteening! Apart from that, I personally enjoyed using the Radio to communicate with other ERVs when a situation came up and I needed to either give/receive directions/information. I also loved being in the EOC room in which I had the chance to see the actual backroom work done by FBI, Police, and the different organizations involved!

The overall experience was more than great, even though, I haven’t done much! It was absolutely a learning experience as all participants gained better understanding of how disaster- or emergency-related responses would be carried out and coordinated on virtually all levels!

Photo Gallery: Courtesy of Boston Heralds

Hopefully Red Cross pictures will be released soon – and I will post them!

Here’s an article posted by a MMA student:

“May 8 Training Session will Impact Logan Water Shuttle, Cell Phone Lot, and Harborwalk

April 30, 2010

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Port Authority, the United States Coast Guard, the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will be among the governmental agencies participating in “Operation Ready 2010” a full-scale exercise that simulates a jumbo jet crashing into Boston Harbor. The training program will focus on the roles of first responders and emergency management protocols in the first two hours after the simulated incident and will call on the use of many private vessels in the harbor to assist in the rescue.
Massport, which owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, holds full scale exercises at least once every three years as part of its emergency management program and more than 500 participants will be involved in the full scale exercise, which is scheduled to begin on the morning of Saturday May 8, and conclude that afternoon. The last full scale exercise occurred Oct. 27, 2007 and simulated the collision of two passenger jets on the airfield.

“Our first priority is the safety and security of the traveling public,” said Thomas J. Kinton, Jr., CEO & Executive Director of Massport. “This drill emphasizes the importance of teamwork with a single objective in mind: to save lives. Water rescue is something we must be prepared for.”

Operation Ready 2010 will use a barge and floating docks to simulate the partially submerged Boeing 747 with more than 300 people on board. Approximately 100 cadets from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy will play the roles of surviving passengers and will be positioned on the barge and docks to be rescued by a flotilla of government and private vessels.

Because the water shuttle dock at Boston Logan International Airport will be used in the drill, water shuttle service will arrive and depart from the public safety pier near the Logan Office Center from the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Likewise, the popular Logan Cell Phone Waiting Lot will be closed during the same time period and motorists are requested to park in the limousine pool on Harborside Drive, about two-tenths of a mile north of the Cell Phone Lot. The Harborwalk from the Logan Office Center south to the Hyatt Harborside Hotel will also be closed during the drill.

Boston Logan, 15 minutes from Routes 128/90 and five minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 70 domestic and 31 international destinations and in 2009 handled 26.1 million passengers. Boston Logan is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. The airport generates more than $7 billion in economic impact each year.

You can find us [the drill crew] on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) operates Boston Logan International Airport, the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion every year and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England.”

Maritime Academy Student post on Service Academy Forums.

Call for Support: Monday in NYC!

Dear Friends and Family in NYC,

As many of you know, our friends Josh, Shane and Sarah were detained in Iran last summer and have been held in Evin Prison, Tehran for over 9 months now. Last week we learned frightening news that both Shane and Sarah are facing serious health issues and all three are considering a hunger strike. Our campaign Free The Hikers ( has held numerous events in New York City over the past year.

This Monday, May 3rd, President Ahmadinejad of Iran will be visiting the U.N. to address the beginning of a nuclear disarmament conference.  Family and friends will gather in front of the U.N. to call for the immediate release of the hikers.  I am asking for your support by joining the rally this Monday.  Please see event details below.

Place: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, on north side of 47th Ave. between 1st and 2nd Ave.  Please enter from 2nd Ave.

Time: Begin arriving at 10am.  Critical mass needed at 11am, this is when U.N. delegates will begin arriving. Will be there (at least) until 1pm.

What: Help bring attention to the desperate situation of Josh, Shane and Sarah by holding a banner, wearing white t-shirts with photos of the three hikers around our necks, and handing out fliers.  If you join us, PLEASE WEAR WHITE (no green).

If you cannot be there for the whole event, please take a moment during your lunch-break to join us.  And if you have not done so already, please visit the webpage: and see what other measures you can take to help bring Josh, Shane and Sarah home.

Thank you,
Mustafa Basri