The FSM wants to bring its stranded citizens back home, but to make sure its first responders are prepared, the national government conducted live simulation exercises this month.
The government started with Pohnpei, whose state government wants to reopen its borders soon to allow its stranded citizens come in.
The simulation exercises began earlier this month, starting with an assessment of Pohnpei’s point of entry, quarantine, and isolation areas.
(Photos from the Office of the President of the Federated States of Micronesia)
On the second day, the participants conducted a tabletop simulation of how teams would respond if a commercial air carrier arrived and one or several passengers exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.
During the third day, the teams conducted live simulation exercises — including agencies playing out real-life scenarios such as handling the briefing, mandatory health screening, quarantine, and monitoring procedures.
The FSM government worked with the U.S. Embassy, World Health Organization, International Organization for Migration, and United Airlines to make the simulation exercises happen.