Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky National Guard offers Earthquake Response Exercise Media Opportunities

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 03, 2008  
Contact Information:  1LT Andi Hahn
Asst. Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky National Guard
502-607-1898
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky National Guard, in conjunction with federal, state and local emergency response agencies, is currently conducting its largest disaster emergency response exercise March 3-6, 2008.

   This exercise is based on a simulated 7.5 Richter-scale magnitude earthquake along the New Madrid fault and will combine Army and Air National Guard resources to test and validate the Guard’s emergency response capabilities. 

   Exercise-related activities will primarily occur in the 24 Kentucky counties comprising Kentucky Division of Emergency Management Areas 1, 2 and 3 (Ballard, Calloway, Caldwell, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Fulton, Graves, Hancock, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Todd, Trigg, Union, and Webster counties).  Residents of these counties can expect to see increased military vehicle and aircraft (helicopter) traffic in their areas during this event.

   By its conclusion, more than 300 Kentucky Army and Air guardsmen will have participated in the exercise, not only in Western Kentucky, but at several other locations around the state.

Exercise Locations and Highlights:

Monday, March 3, 2008 (Exercise Day One) 

  • Statewide—The Kentucky National Guard conducted a state-wide telephonic alert of all of its Guardsmen (Army and Air) with 100 percent success. This telephonic alert simulated the call-up of the Kentucky National Guardsmen in response to the (SIMULATED) earthquake in Western Kentucky.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 (Exercise Day Two) 

  • MAYFIELD, Ky. —The 41st Civil Support Team will be conducting civil support initiatives in support of the Kentucky National Guard Earthquake Response Exercise. The 41st CST will be conducting civil support operations in conjunction with the Fulton County Regional Emergency Operations Center.
  • LOUISVILLE, Ky. —The 123d Airlift Wing, Contingency Response Group, loads and departs on a C-130 Hercules Aircraft with personnel, cargo and equipment. The load-operation will take approximately 60 minutes. This aircraft will fly to Owensboro, Ky where the Contingency Response Group will set up and conduct air-ground operations in support of the exercise.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 (Exercise Day Three) 

  • MAYFIELD, Ky. —The 41st Civil Support Team will be conducting civil support initiatives in support of the Kentucky National Guard Earthquake Response Exercise. The 41st CST will be conducting civil support operations in conjunction with the Fulton County Regional Emergency Operations Center.
  • LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 123d AW, sends off a  C-130 Hercules Aircraft with personnel, supplies and cargo in support of the Kentucky National Guard Earthquake Response Exercise. The cargo has been named "Golden Pallet" as it represents critical medical, food and water supplies to aid the simulated victims of the simulated earthquake. This aircraft will fly the "Golden Pallet" to Owensboro, Ky. for further distribution on Thursday.

 Thursday, March 6, 2008 (Exercise Day Four) 

  • OWENSBORO, Ky. —The 123d AW, sends off a C-130 Hercules Aircraft with Wednesday's "Golden Pallet" of cargo in support of the Kentucky National Guard Earthquake Response Exercise.  The "Golden Pallet" will be flown to Madisonville, Ky.
  • MADISONVILLE, Ky. —The 123d AW C-130 Hercules Aircraft arrives with the "Golden Pallet" of personnel, supplies and cargo, which will be redistributed and sent to three simulated impacted areas via Civil Air Patrol aircraft, Army Blackhawk helicopter and Army truck transportation.

   Reference the following website for more information and to review the Kentucky National Guard Press Release:   http://www.kentuckyguard.com External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

   In addition to the Kentucky National Guard and Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, other major participants include the Civil Air Patrol, as well as various state and local emergency response agencies.

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