If you see
a large number of military and emergency responders roaming the streets of
Kodiak tomorrow (Saturday) morning, do NOT be alarmed - it's not a disaster.
But, they will be training for one - specifically an earthquake and tsunami.
First Class Jeff Alberts explains the activities that will take place - mostly downtown
- starting tomorrow morning.
-- (Exercise 1 57 sec "We're
going to simulate ... have to react to.")
In other words,
the scenarios will be changing on the fly to better simulate a real disaster.
David Kang, with the Alaska National Guard Reconnaissance and Surveillance
Squadron in Anchorage, says the training is mostly geared for the soldiers, but
there will be training opportunities for local responders in the future:
-- (Exercise 2 48 sec "This
event is open ... their culminating event.")
said, the soldiers and others involved will welcome questions and interaction
with innocent bystanders during the exercise. Parts of the training begin
tonight, but they will be conducting the exercise starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow
on Marine Way, on the Coast Guard Base and at Providence Kodiak Island Medical
Center. Police Chief T.C. Kamai said he did not anticipate any road closures or
traffic detours to be necessary.