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Full-scale Weapons of Mass Destruction exercise set for Thursday

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Hawai'i National Guard's 93rd Civil Support Team (CST) is conducting its annual Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) exercise on Kaua'i this week.

The event is being held in partnership with a number of local, state, and federal organizations including: the Kaua'i Civil Defense Agency, Kaua'i Fire Department, Kaua'i Police Department, state Department of Health, Hawai'i Fusion Center, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 74th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, American Medical Response, American Red Cross and Wilcox Hospital.

A full-scale exercise will be conducted on Thursday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hanapēpē National Guard Armory and Kekaha Range Complex.

During the exercise, a scenario that simulates the use of weapons of mass destruction along with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons will be staged.

Officials are asking for the public's cooperation by staying clear of any obvious or marked areas to allow participants to conduct the exercise without interruptions.

The aim of the exercise is to ensure that Kaua'i's first responders will be better prepared for WMD events as well as for a broad spectrum of natural and man-made events.

The skills they learn could also be applied to hazardous materials incidents or events that require multi-agency, multi-discipline coordination and interoperable communications.

"It's important that our first responders are prepared in the unlikely event of a terrorist attack and the best way to ensure this is to train for it," said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. "I would like to thank all of the participating agencies for supporting our efforts to keep the public safe."

For more information about the WMD exercise, please call the Kaua'i Civil Defense Agency at 241-1800.

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