“Vibrant Response 12” Mass Catastrophe Excercise Takes Place in the Heartland Continue reading on Examiner.com “Vibrant Response 12” Mass Catastrophe Excercise Takes Place in the Heartland

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
By Paul Martin

Ellen Cannon
August 23, 2011

In a quiet location of southern Indiana more than 7000 U.S. Army, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Department of Defense civilian personnel are engaged in the largest catastrophic incident drill to be conducted by the U.S. Army North. Starting on August 16 and ending on August 28th, this highly complex drill aims to train troops to respond to a catastrophic domestic chemical, biological radiological or nuclear incident should it happen on American soil. This federal emergency response exercise, called Vibrant Response 12, will take place at Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex in Jennings County near Butlerville.

Muscatatuck Urban Training Center is a 1000 acre site containing a consortium of governmental, public and private entities that pool their capabilities in “order to provide the most realistic training experience for drills. This large site utilizes a 180 acre reservoir and urban infra structures consisting of 68 buildings including a school, hospital, dormitories, light industrial structures, single family type dwellings, a dining facility and administrative buildings totaling more than 859,000 square feet of floor space. The site also has an underground utility system and more than 9 miles of roads and streets. The purpose of this site is to replicate multiple “real time” scenarios that any town, or city might experience if there was a CBW attack.

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