Statewide terrorist drills to be conducted Nov. 12-14

Published: Nov. 11, 2019 at 6:40 PM PST
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Multiple agencies and organizations throughout the state of Nevada will be participating in a three-day emergency preparedness exercise, known as Silver Crucible 2019.

Silver Crucible 2019 is a full-scale, mass-casualty exercise designed to test the capabilities of the state of Nevada, to solidify and communicate intelligence, respond to and recover from a complex, coordinated terrorist attack.

The plan stems from the shooting in Las Vegas in October of 2017 that killed 58 and injured hundreds.

"At the time the governor took a step back and asked all the jurisdictions and asked are we ready for large-scale man-made events so we're going to find out over the next three days," Aaron Kenneston, Washoe County Emergency Manager, says.

The first day will focus on intelligence gathering, the next, on field operations and will wrap up with a recovery center in downtown Reno.

"There'll be hundreds of people replicating people that have been victimized by crime and there'll be responders everybody from the bomb squad to SWAT to tactical fire and rescue," he says.

Kenneston says this will test the entire state's response if something were to happen in every major city at the same time.

"It's called a complex, coordinated terrorist attack and we've seen them around the world and so we want to make sure that our responders are as well trained and practiced as humanly possible," he says.

The exercise will be conducted from November 12-14 at multiple locations across Northern Nevada.

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