October 8, 2012
Concord, NH – There will be a 3-day multi-agency field exercise involving local, State, and federal assets. State agencies participating include the DHHS Division of Public Health Services, the NH National Guard, Administrative Services, and Homeland Security and Emergency Management. For each of the days, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week, there will be a separate terrorist event that prompts various agencies involved to deal with the terrorist threat.
The first of these events will occur at the New Hampshire State House Annex Mailroom on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This exercise will involve the delivery of a package with a toxic substance and how local and State authorities deal with mitigating it, identifying it, and maintaining the safety of those personnel who are located at the Annex.
“This large-scale drill will allow us to test not only our individual roles but the way agencies interact to handle a complicated issue,” said Jerry Kwasnik, a Health Physicist at DHHS who coordinated the drill. “We just want the public to be aware of what is happening so there is no confusion or anyone thinking there is a real emergency.”