Kontra I Piligru exercise to enhance preparedness

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Major Josephine Blas, the public affairs officer of the Guam National Guard, said the event will involve various emergency scenarios to test multi-agency response capabilities.

If you hear any horns or sirens within the next week, don’t be alarmed, emergency services will be undergoing an exercise to enhance their preparedness.

To ensure crisis readiness and team cooperativeness, the National Guard’s 94th Civil Support Team, along with other local and federal agencies, will participate in Kontra I Piligru, an annual two-day exercise that will begin Tuesday, July 30 until July 31.

According to Major Josephine Blas, the public affairs officer of the Guam National Guard, the event will involve various emergency scenarios to test multi-agency response capabilities.

“Some of them are active shooter events, explosives. Any kind of scenario that would bring about the support of a first responder, especially like chemical biological nuclear events at various events throughout the island,” Blas said.

During the course of the exercise, there will be a lot of activity at the Dededo Sports Complex, the Judiciary Court of Guam, the Tanguisson Power Plant, as well as other areas around the island.

“We don’t wanna give too much information, but we do want to let the public know that if they see a lot of emergency vehicles around the island, to just do what they normally do. Just give them way, give them room to respond, and don’t be alarmed, because there’s only an exercise going on,” Blas said.

According to a release from Guam Homeland Security, residents may expect to hear sirens, horns, or explosions and are advised that all activities will be conducted in a controlled environment to ensure the public’s safety.

While community members are reassured that they will not be endangered by the exercise, any concerns may be directed to GHS at telephone number 478-0208.

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