Tennessee Guard and Local Partners Set to Begin Disaster Exercise

Fri., June 17, 2016 OFFICE: 615.313.0835
Tennessee Guard and Local Partners Set to Begin Disaster Exercise
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Military Department will conduct next week one of
the largest statewide disaster preparedness exercises in its history.
Named Tennessee Maneuvers 2016, the exercise involves more than 50 Army and Air
National Guard units training alongside fire departments, law enforcement agencies,
paramedics, and a host of other emergency organizations. Participants will practice
responding to disaster scenarios allowing them the opportunity to work together and
perfect their response skills.
Exercise activities in Memphis will occur Jun 20-23 and are based on the catastrophic
New Madrid Fault line scenario-essentially, establishing command at Memphis airport
and coordinating aftermath events of a disastrous earthquake.
On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the public can observe one of the disaster drill events
outside the Shelby County Office of Preparedness Emergency Operations Center, 1075
Mullins Station Road, from 8:30 a.m. through Noon.
"The Tennessee Army and Air National Guard Military Police and Security Forces will
drive tactical vehicles to 1075 Mullins Station to simulate how food and water would be
distributed after a catastrophic seismic event. This will be a great opportunity for
citizens to interact with military members, learn about their equipment and have photo
opportunities," said Colonel A. Trautman, 164 Mission Support Group Commander.
One of the highlights of the event will feature a Tennessee Army National Guard UH-72
Lakota helicopter. It will land on the lawn in front of the county's operations center.
Pilots will give tours of the special-use helicopter.
"Our staff at the Shelby County Office of Preparedness will be on hand to give out
disaster preparedness information, specifically about how to stay safe for at least three
days following an earthquake. Law enforcement, fire and emergency responders may
not be able to respond quickly if bridges fall and roads are damaged," said Dale Lane,
Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness.
For more information about Tennessee Maneuvers 2016, go to
http://www.tnmilitary.org/tennessee-maneuvers.html, or contact CW4 Nick Atwood at
(615) 313-0835.
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