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Pa. National Guard To Hold Statewide Preparedness Drill

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A multi-agency emergency preparedness exercise is set to be held by the Pennsylvania National Guard.

The drill will be held on May 7-16 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County.

The exercise is hosted quarterly by the U.S Northern Command. It is not being held in response to a specific threat.

Secondary training drills are also scheduled to take place in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lawrence, Mercer and Philadelphia counties.

The drills are designed to evaluate the integration of local, state and federal responders under one command structure.

Approximately 2,500 exercise participants from eight state National Guards, numerous military, law enforcement and federal agencies will all be participating in the exercise.

They will react to simulated emergencies such as terrorism, severe weather and infectious disease.

The Pa. National Guard operates a state Civil Support Team that specializes in response to nuclear, biological, radiological or chemical attacks.

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