Fort Drum conducting full-scale exercise to assess emergency readiness

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FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWTI) — In the next few days, Fort Drum will be testing its emergency readiness.

This was announced by Fort Drum Public Affairs on Tuesday, stating that directorates, organizations and units across the installations will be involved in a full-scale exercise August 11 and August 12. These exercises will aim to assess the installation’s emergency response and recovery capabilities.

According to the Public Affairs Office, community members may see an increased number of emergency, fire and police vehicles from Fort Drum. North Country agencies will also be out in the community as they respond to simulated incidents during the exercise.

Fort Drum Emergency Manager Rich Hughes said that this annual readiness exercise will be based on a downed aircraft scenario.

“We are fortunate to have such a mutually-supporting environment here in the North Country, where Fort Drum and our surrounding communities work together to ensure our shared emergency preparedness,” Hughes said in a press release. “This scenario allows us to assess specific response capabilities, as well as ensure we can take care of the Soldiers, family members, civilians and the entire installation community in the aftermath of a disaster.”

Hughes also confirmed that there will be no disruptions to installation operations and services during this scenario.

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