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Dirty bomb exercise Aug. 17 will test City’s preparedness

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will participate in a statewide exercise Aug. 17 with other top homeland security, law enforcement, emergency management, and disaster relief officials. The City’s emergency operations center will be activated for this exercise, as will St. Louis’ emergency operations center and the state’s emergency operations center in Jefferson City.

The dirty bomb scenario will provide the first opportunity for Missouri to exercise its radiological terrorism response capabilities on a statewide basis. The exercise will test Kansas City's ability to establish and maintain multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional communications in response to a radiological incident.

“Past exercises in the City’s emergency operations center have concentrated on our ability to communicate internally. This exercise will test our ability to communicate and coordinate with the state emergency operations center in Jefferson City,” Emergency Manager D.A. Christian said.

Christian said the exercise also will test the following: the ability of the City’s emergency operations center and the Health Department’s operations center to communicate and coordinate during the exercise; and the City’s ability to establish and maintain a joint information center and to manage public information during the event.

City departments and offices participating in the exercise include, Emergency Management, Fire, Police, Health, Water Services, City Manager’s Office, City Communications, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation.

Other groups participating in the exercise include the Red Cross, MAST, the FBI, the State Emergency Management Agency, and various local agencies.

While all activities in Kansas City will be restricted to the emergency operations center, the scenario simulates a combined attack on public facilities in Kansas City and St. Louis. The attack in Kansas City will be simulated at Kauffman Stadium, however, no field activities will take place at the stadium.

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