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Joint emergency response exercise slated in Hilo


A state National Guard unit from Barber’s Point, Oahu will be joining Hilo first responders in a full-scale emergency preparedness exercise Wednesday, March 18. The exercise is designed to test the agencies’ ability to respond in the event of a man-made crisis. 

The National Guard’s 93rd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team is a statewide resource that is available to respond to a variety of emergency situations. 

The scenario for the exercise involves a planned attack against local government and the tourism industry. As part of the exercise, Civil Defense will activate its Emergency Response Plans while the county Fire Department will activate its Incident Command Structure. 

“This exercise is a great way for our organizations to work together in a realistic setting,” said Lt. Col. Trey Johnson, Commander of the 93rd WMD CST. “The added bonus for us is greater understanding of how we can support the community in an emergency or disaster.” 

The exercise will be focused on Hilo Harbor and the Civil Air Patrol hanger at Hilo Airport. Fire trucks and other emergency vehicles will be operating at these locations. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to exercise extra caution in the vicinity of the exercise. 

No road closures or other measures that would significantly impact the public are expected during the course of the exercise. 

For more information, call Civil Defense at 935-0031.

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