Disaster Drill Seeks to Coordinate Military and Civilian Response
The Minnesota National Guard and a dozen agencies and organizations gathered at Camp Ripley to rehearse and test disaster response plans.
The drill was named 'Vigilant Sheen,' and involved 125 participants.
The mock disaster involved a train derailment near the City of Little Falls.
Participating agencies include the Morrison County Sheriff's Office, St. Gabriel's Hospital, St. Cloud Hospital, the American Red Cross, Minnesota's Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, FEMA, MnDot, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Wisconsin National Guard.
According to the National Guard, the purpose of the exercise is to evaluate the disaster capabilities and align civilian and military responses.