Terrorism exercise

The Hawaii Army National Guard joined with the Kauai Fire Department and the Kauai Police Department in holding a terrorism response exercise along Koke’e Road mauka of Kekaha town on Wednesday afternoon.

The exercise is being held over four days and is designed to give county, state and federal agencies practice in working together in case of a terrorist incident here, and is the first exercise of this magnitude held on the island.

The Hawaii National Guard’s 93rd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team laid communication cable to a cutting-edge high-tech command center past an area that’s been declared decontaminated. The Unified Command Suite, a portable communications unit, is capable of analyzing data, hooking up to the Internet and providing alternate power generation.

Members of the Army’s 93rd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team and personnel from Kaua’i agencies are briefed as the exercise begins.

The four-day exercise is also training members of the Coast Guard, the 25th Infantry Light Division, the state Department of Defense and the state Civil Defense, Kauai Emergency Medical Services, the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, Wilcox Memorial Hospital, the American Red Cross, the Civil Air Patrol, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and others.

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