Vibrant Response 13

Imagine if there was a nuclear attack in the United State today. Who would be there to respond, to help save lives? Local and state authorities, as well as first responders, would no doubt be overwhelmed. The National Guard inevitably would be called out in support missions, and if the damage was significant enough, the Governor may end up requesting additional aid from Washington.

Luckily for all of us, the National Guard, local authorities and the Department of Defense have been planning and practicing for this sort of thing every year – Exercise Vibrant Response.

Today marked the ending of this year’s Vibrant Response 13 exercise, which saw over 9,000 National Guard, Reserve and active military working together in disaster and medical relief operations. These units conducted a series of scenarios throughout southern Indiana and northern Kentucky which are designed to simulate a nuclear attack on a Midwestern city.

Vibrant Response validates the DoD’s domestic joint exercise program, working closely in support of Federal, State and Local partners, to help refine Command Response Elements in both structure and capability. Over the past few years, this has helped to create a more effective organization better capable of responding to domestic chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents.

Most of us can rest better tonight knowing that our military, especially those who participated in the Vibrant Response joint exercise, have been trained and are now well practiced in the skills and certifications needed for a nuclear disaster. Likewise, those units who partook in Vibrant Response will further their knowledge for the next two years, participating in training and exercises to broaden their skills needed for any type of disaster in the future.

Click on the links to learn more about what DoD and the Guard are doing with the Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams and the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Enhanced Response Force Packages.

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