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Emergency Responders Begin Disaster Preparedness Drills

About 5,000 military and civilian personnel are starting a two-week disaster training exercise today.

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Photo: Staff Sgt. Matt Scotten, Camp Atterbury Public Affairs

Soldiers from 1313th Engineer Company remove a casualty from a simulated disaster site while training for their Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, High-Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package certification at Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex May 7.

Local, state and federal agencies are beginning a two-week mass disaster training exercise today to test how well prepared Indiana is to deal with a catastrophic event.

More than 5,000 military and civilian personnel will prepare and response to a simulated terrorist attack.

“There are a lot of military contingents involved and part of the complexity comes from melding the operations of civilian responders and military operations,” Indiana Department of Homeland Security John Erickson says.

The training exercises are taking place at Camp Atterbury, the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, and the Indiana Government Center in downtown Indianapolis.

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