KERNERSVILLE, N.C.– Friday morning expect to see lots of ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, even some military vehicles along Union Cross Road near Interstate 40 as Forsyth County Emergency Management holds it’s annual Regional Multi-Agency Homeland Security Exercise.
The road will be closed near Interstate 40 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
August Vernon with Forsyth County Emergency Management doesn’t want people to be alarmed because the scene will look extremely realistic.
“There are going to be some loud bangs and booms and we wanted people especially in that area to be aware of that when they see lot of fire trucks, police cars and activity going on,” says Vernon.
Neighbors living around the drill site on Union Cross Road are getting emergency notification calls and should have received letters in the mail about the drill.
Becky Perkins who lives nearby says she’s glad they are doing it and notifying people because a large scene like what’s expected, “is very frightening cause you don’t know what’s happened. You wonder, oh lord what’s happened again.”
Vernon says don’t be alarmed, but be aware because, “we try to make them as real as possible that’s how the responders learn to manage and coordinate.”
More than 120 responders from all over the state will take part in the exercise.
Responders only know a drill is happening but do not know the scenario or what will be expected of them.
Vernon says it’s better to be proactive than reactive.
“We’ve done plane crashes tornados, chemical spills, school shootings and everything else, regardless of the scenario the same things are being tested communication, planning, working together, and logistics.”