Fort Hood to Conduct Global Power Outage Exercise – Fort Hood Press Center

FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood will conduct an afternoon-wide power outage as part of the Energy Resilience Readiness Exercise from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 15. This exercise is a DoD led exercise to test the installation of contingency and backup power generation systems, critical infrastructure and equipment to inform senior personnel of the infrastructure required to support missions installation reviews.

This life-size exercise will effectively cut the power supply to almost the entire installation, starting at 8 a.m. The power cut will last at least eight hours, without exceeding 12 hours. Neither Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center nor Robert Gray Army Airfield will be affected by this power outage. Troop hospital clinics will not be open, however.

All Post Exchange shops will be closed during the financial year and the Main Exchange and Commissioners will also not be open.

In addition to the cantonment’s main office buildings, the 12 villages of Fort Hood Family Housing will also be without power.

All daycare centers will close from March 14 to 16.

Traffic lights will be off on the pole. Police officers will be at all major intersections on poles to direct traffic. People should expect longer wait times at the gates.

The dining halls of the units will be open, some offering meals outside on picnic tables, as there will be no electricity inside the dining halls.

Commercial vendors such as banks and food establishments will be closed.

Schools in operation will be during spring break so children are out of school.

Families with Exceptional Family Members (EFMP) who require electricity for their medical equipment should ensure that they identify, as soon as possible, their needs with the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) located in the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Bldg. 36065 Clinic 1st Floor 1. Santa Fe Ave., Fort Hood, (254) 288-8099. Unit commanders can also help with generators in some cases.

To learn more about which facilities will be shut down, visit https://forthoodpresscenter.com/poweroutage.

Media wishing to cover the exercise should register here. On March 15, media representatives are scheduled to meet with public affairs representatives in the parking lot on the south side of the visitor center at 7 a.m.

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