South Carolina to host bioevent simulation

Upstate South Carolina emergency management personnel will gather in June to prepare for various scenarios in the event of terrorist attacks and will be joined by officials from the FBI, FEMA and other SC state agencies. 

Greenwood Today reports that Greenwood Emergency Management will host Exercise Palmetto Shield beginning June 17th. The drills will begin with a seizure exercise and culminate with a hazardous material exercise.

The newspaper reports that a terrorist attack will be simulated along Interstate 85. The hazardous material exercise will take place on a farm in the area.

Exercise Palmetto Shield is the South Carolina version of the Department of Defense's successful Red Dragon exercises. The exercises, according to a U.S. Army news release, simulate scores of real-life scenarios - from chemical to biological to nuclear attacks -- at a breakneck pace over the course of a training session involving hundreds to thousands of participants.

Local agencies, including Emergency Management, Greenwood City Police, County Fire, Self Regional Healthcare, the Emergency Communications Center, The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, Greenwood City Fire, EMS, Greenwood SWAT, Connie Maxwell and the Boy Scouts from Long Cane District, will take part in the simulation as well as federal officials from  the FBI, FEMA, SLED, DHEC, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, South Carolina Emergency Management and the 415th Chemical Brigade.