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June 2008

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Judiciary Tests Emergency Preparedness

In May, the three federal branches of government participated in Eagle Horizon 2008, a scenario-based exercise to test continuity of operations plans. The U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia (photo right top) and the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, conducted table top exercises. COOP personnel from the Administrative Office relocated to the AO’s primary alternate site (photo right bottom).

During the exercise, participants were asked to follow COOP procedures and respond to court and public requests for assistance under a scenario in which a Category 4 hurricane made landfall in Washington, DC, the National Capital Region faced a credible terrorist threat, and a series of terrorist attacks occurred on the West Coast.