11/06/2013 08:57 AM EST
Exercise Vigilant Guard continues today, Wednesday, November 6, 2013
##Today’s major simulated events:
* Statewide: Many County Emergency Operations Centers, and several local EOCS are exercising today. They are dealing with the aftermath of the fictional ice storm and blizzard. This includes massive power outages, emergency power failures at hospitals or other critical sites, damage to public buildings, and farm impacts including dead livestock. Counties are also testing multiple communications systems. * Orono: The hazardous materials response at the University of Maine campus continues today. * Jackman: a simulated bus accident will prompt cross-border a response. * State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be open throughout the exercise * Public health officials continue to respond to a simulated disease threat, and will be exercising mass dispensing of medications at a variety of locations
##About the Exercise:
The exercise is part of a series of training events sponsored by the U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau aimed at improving command, control and operational relationships with local, state and regional civilian and military emergency response partners.
The exercise continues statewide through noon on Friday.