Disaster Drill in Vermont


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The drill is called Vigilant Guard.

Actors Needed for Vermont's Largest-Ever Disaster-Preparedness Drill | Arts News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Published on Jul 25, 2016
Want to take part in the largest dramatic production Vermont has ever put on? We're talking a cast of 5,000 participants performing over nine days at 50 sites around the state, at a cost of $570,000. The live-action thriller promises plenty of "death" and "destruction," and may include one or more of the following simulations: terrorist attacks, collapsed structures, cyber warfare, chemical and/or biological agents, and massive casualties that overwhelm local hospitals.

This theatrical production isn't for entertainment purposes, however, but a disaster-preparedness drill dubbed Vigilant Guard, which will run from July 25 until August 2. The federally funded exercise, which has been in the works for three years, is designed to test the response capabilities of the state and region's military and emergency services personnel. Participating agencies will include at least a half dozen local municipalities and 16 area hospitals, as well as Vermont's Army and Air National Guards, the Department of Homeland Security, the Vermont Department of Health, the American Red Cross, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to name a few.

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They seem to be more in your face with their drills turning into live events. On 9/11 they were conducting a drill of planes flying into buildings. They were conducting a drill the day of London bus bombing on 07/07/05. I heard they were conducting a drill during the San Bernardino shooting on 12/02/15. During the Pulse nightclub shooting on 06/12/16 they were also conducting a drill in the area. I'm sure you could compile a lengthy list.