State Agencies Participating in National Level Exerciseby Department of Homeland Security on July 22, 2014
On Monday morning, July 21, 2014, local, state and federal agencies will begin participating in what is expected to be the largest multi-agency exercise ever to occur in North America. The national-level exercise, called Vibrant Response 2014 (VR14), is hosted by U.S. Army North and will involve about 5,500 military and civilian personnel.
Participants in the exercise will work on preparation and response to a terrorist attack. Locations for the exercise will include Camp Atterbury, Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, and the Indiana Government Center.
The entire exercise runs through August 7. Indiana State agencies mainly will participate from July 21-25.
The exercise provides an opportunity to practice capabilities in responding to catastrophic events in major metropolitan areas. Training will include urban and aerial search and rescue missions, simulated decontamination operations, airlift, and medical training, among many other operations.
State participants include individuals from the following agencies: Board of Animal Health, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, State Personnel Department, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana State Police, Indiana University, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana National Guard, Department of Natural Resources, IDHS District Response Task Force 5 (Boone, Hancock, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties), Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security, American Red Cross, Presbyterian Church USA. In addition, Indiana Task Force 1, a federal asset staffed by Indiana public safety professionals, will also participate.
Federal participants include individuals from the following agencies: Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V (Chicago), FEMA Denver Mobile Emergency Response Support, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, National Technical Nuclear Forensic Team (Federal Bureau of Investigations, Department of Energy, US Army, US Air Force), Health and Human Services, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, United States Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Joint Requirements Office, Ohio Task Force One.