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Traffic advisory for medical exercise convoy today

An eight-vehicle convoy with police escort will be on the road between Nawiliwili Harbor and the Pacific Missile Range Facility today between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The convoy of three Army Humvees, four trucks, and a large tractor-trailer are bringing communications gear and other large equipment from O‘ahu to be set up for a pandemic flu exercise on Thursday.

Civilian and military personnel will be preparing for the exercise through next week. Next Wednesday, two large tents will be set up near the emergency entrance to the Kaua‘i Memorial Veterans Hospital. Most of the equipment, however, will be set up at the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, where the majority of the exercise activities will take place.

The Barking Sands exercise is the second phase of Lightning Rescue 2008 which will involve about 200 civilian and military role players from O‘ahu and about 40 Kaua‘i personnel.

The exercise is designed to test the ability of state and county agencies and private health organizations, to quickly mobilize and work with Army and other military services to operate a screening and triage facility for potential flu pandemic victims at a remote site.

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