As part of an external exercise, Applied Training Solutions worked with members of the Pennsylvania National Guard Homeland Response Force October 23-28, to develop and simulate scenarios for a potential response to chemical, biological, and nuclear attacks within FEMA Region III.
The primary goal of this exercise was to provide participants with an environment to conduct training and review of command-and-control protocols; plans and capabilities; realistically assess their overall preparedness in the event of chemical, biological and or nuclear attack, consistent with real world situations in 2023. The exercise allowed the PA HRF to review orders and requirements from civil authorities to plan a rapid and focused National Guard response to mitigate human suffering and the loss of life. The exercise concluded with an evaluation conducted with the Army Interagency Training and Evaluation Team (AITEC). The training scenarios were based on multiple hazards (radiation, nerve and blister agents) based in FEMA Region III, which covers a portion of the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, over multiple days.
The ATS team continually engaged the HRF and AITEC to provide the best products and environment, allowing the PA NG team to display their proficiencies in response to defense support to civil authorities (DSCA) events. Overall, the training event was a success from all perspectives.
As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state, and federal agencies to protect communities. Preparation for disasters helps reduce panic and possible loss of life. Utilizing simulation helps these units prepare for managing multiple units during a real-life event.