posted on March 07, 2016 11:58
With more than 15 local jurisdictions, 9 State agencies, 12 Federal agencies, and 27 private organizations participating in Alaska Shield 2016, chances are good that you or someone you know may be involved in the exercise April 1-3. While every effort is made to prevent direct impacts on those not involved, depending on where you live or work, you may see an increased law enforcement presence, responders in biohazard suits, closed public facilities, cordoned-off areas, and/or the use of moulage (the application of mock injuries). We ask that you respect the importance of the training and avoid exercise activity areas to protect the safety of those involved.As always, if you see something you know shouldn’t be there – or someone’s behavior that doesn’t seem quite right – say something. Contact your local law enforcement agency and describe specifically what you have observed, including who or what you saw; when you saw it; where it occurred; and why it’s suspicious. It takes a community to protect a community. It is important to remember that Alaska Shield 2016 is an exercise. Training is the foundation of everything we do as emergency managers and first responders because it prepares us for whatever emergency arises. During the planning of the exercise and at the time of this posting, there is no specific, credible intelligence about a terrorist threat against the state. The exercise scenarios are plausible and part of long-term planning and preparing for all possible threats -- natural and man-made. All training, conducted in realistic environments, under realistic circumstances, ensures Alaskans maintain the highest levels of proficiency and readiness for any threat.