Purpose:

In mid-March, Fort Hood will conduct an Energy Resilience Readiness Exercise in order to test the post’s emergency systems and allow the gathering of data on the installation’s energy infrastructure.

The exercise is planned for March 15-18, but Tuesday, March 15, is the date Fort Hood officials want the community to remember. On that day, a full-scale ERRE will effectively cut electrical power to nearly the entire installation, starting at 8 a.m. The power outage will last at least eight hours, not to exceed 12 hours. Neither Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center nor Robert Gray Army Airfield will be effected by this exercise/power outage.

In the coming weeks leading up to the exercise, Fort Hood officials will provide information vital for the safety and security of the Fort Hood community in order to prepare for the power outage, and to mitigate any issues arising from the loss of electricity during the exercise.

Duration:

Planned as a 8 to 12-hour exercise, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (CST) March 15, 2022. Facilitates evaluation of back-up generator re-fueling plan is planned not to exceed 12 hours.

Impact:

All Fort Hood facilities will have their power turned off for a minimum of eight hours per FORSCOM AFOP-EN 200395. All facilities will be tested except the  Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and the Joint use Robert Grey Army Airport and its supportive facilities such as air traffic control and the commercial air traffic.

Medical needs:

Families with Exceptional Family Members (EFMP) who require power for their medical equipment, should be sure to identify your needs to the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) located on Darnall Loop, 2nd Floor Bldg. 36000 at (254)287-6070 or email here.

Facilities Phone Book:

Prior to the power shut down, people should contact facilities and services directly to find out their ability to accommodate before, during and after the exercise.  A phone book to Fort Hood services is available here.

What to when your power goes out

  • Use flashlights rather than candles for light to minimize risk of fire.
  • Turn off the electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.
  • Water purification systems may not be functioning when the power goes out, so water may be unsafe to use. Drink and use water that has been bottled, boiled or treated with iodine tablets and a filtration system.
  • Do not open the freezer or refrigerator too much. A full freezer should keep food for 48 hours.
  • Pack dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, refrigerated medicines and other items that can quickly spoil in a cooler surrounded by ice to extend their usability.
  • If the power goes out in extreme heat:
    • Stay hydrated, drinking a glass of water every 15–20 minutes.
    • Keep the air circulating by opening doors and windows.
    • Be aware of the possibility for a heat-related injury.
  • If the power goes out in extreme cold:
    • Wear several layers of warm clothing.
    • Keep moving to stay warm.
    • Be aware of the possibility of hypothermia, which happens when one’s body temperature falls below 95˚F.