WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on a Maine National Guard emergency preparedness exercise held at the University of Maine. The event was one of several emergency scenarios occurring consecutively at venues around the state. Wayne Maines, director of safety and environmental management at the University of Maine, spoke about the mock laboratory in Holmes Hall where emergency response teams practiced investigating and eliminating risks that might arise in real-life settings. He said it’s important to build relationships and improve communication with emergency responders. The Bangor Daily News and WLBZ (Channel 2) also reported on the drills around the state.