If you hear about a weapon of mass destruction on the top floor of a Seattle Central Community College building September 1, it’s probably just a drill.
Everyone from the Army to the Washington National Guard to SPD and the Washington State Patrol will take part in Exercise Seattle Storm, meant to demonstrate the ability to respond to such a threat. There is a walk-through rehearsal at 9 a.m. August 31, and the exercise will be from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 1. Activity will be in the Science and Math Building on the north end of campus.
From Seattle Central:
On Thursday, September 1, Exercise Seattle Storm will take place on the campus of Seattle Central Community College. Participants involved in this training exercise include the 10th Civil Support Team, US Army North (USARNORTH)-Bravo Division, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Police Department Bomb Squad, Washington National Guard J3 Domestic Ops, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Radiation Health, and Seattle Central Community College Security Department.
This realistic exercise is scenario-driven and focused on recognizing and demonstrating the ability to meet incident objectives when faced with a potential Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threat. The scenario is based on discovery of an explosion on the top floor of a campus building.
“We welcome the opportunity to partner with and learn from our local, municipal, county, and federal response agencies,” said Seattle Central President Paul T. Killpatrick. “Training exercises such as this help us prepare for possible scenarios.”
Activity will take place at the north end of the college campus, at the top of the Science and Mathematics building.