Simulated Terrorist Attack Will Test Multi-Agency Response

JUNEAU, Alaska – A simulated terrorist strike somewhere on the Juneau waterfront will be the centerpiece of a two-day multi-agency Maritime Security exercise planned for April 2 and April 3, 2008. Primary players will include the Alaska State Troopers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the City and Borough of Juneau, the Cruise Line Agency of Alaska and the U.S. Coast Guard. Numerous other federal, state and local agencies who are also members of the Southeast Area Maritime Security Committee will participate as well.

The purpose of the drill is to test the Southeast Alaska Maritime Security Plan by putting its provisions for cooperative response into action. Agency leaders will meet face-to-face to test their ability to coordinate their people, vehicles, vessels, communications equipment and other assets. Though the focus of the drill is on responding to a security-related event, the benefits of the exercise extend to government preparedness for any kind of disaster in Southeast Alaska. “The great thing about an exercise like this is that we get to bring multiple agencies together and improve the way we work together,” said LT Chris Williammee, Coast Guard Sector Juneau’s Chief of Planning. “We gain valuable ‘lessons learned’ that we can incorporate into our response plans.”

After a round of table-top discussions on Wednesday at Centennial Hall, agency leaders will direct a field response exercise from the Juneau Emergency Operations Center on Thursday morning. Juneau residents should not be alarmed to see unusual activity along the waterfront as shore-side and waterborne response teams converge on the site of the simulated emergency.

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