CAPE MAY, N.J. – Several dozen law enforcement, emergency management and military organizations are scheduled to participate in a full-scale exercise aboard Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Tuesday at 9 a.m.
The Coast Guard has partnered with more than a dozen local, state and federal law enforcement and emergency management agencies to test their response to a simulated attack aboard the training center and its abilities to treat injuries associated with the attacks on both recruits and staff. More than 41,000 people visit Coast Guard Training Center Cape May each year, and federal, state and local law enforcement and EMS officials want to ensure the community is ready to respond in the event of an intentional attack at the facility.
“Safety and preparedness are always paramount in our organization,” said Capt. Todd Prestidge, commanding officer Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. “This exercise allows us to work with our partners, strengthen our already existing plans and ensure we can mitigate damages from any threat as quickly and safely as possible.”
Numerous military, law enforcement and EMS personnel will be participating in the exercise and will encompass much of Training Center Cape May. Residents may see numerous police and EMS vehicles staged for the exercise in area neighborhoods.
The exercise players including victims, police and EMS personnel will respond as if this were an actual attack. Residents may hear yells from simulated victims or emergency announcements over the base’s loud speakers about the exercise.