Terrorism preparation and response training begins in Indiana

Local, state and federal authorities began on Monday the largest multiagency exercise to occur in North America in Indiana.

The exercise, known as Vibrant Response, will train the approximately 5,500 participating military and civilian personnel in preparation and response to a terrorist attack, according to an Indiana Department of Homeland Security press release.

The event allows participants to practice their capabilities in responding to potential catastrophic events in metropolitan areas. The training includes urban and aerial search and rescue missions, simulated decontamination operations and airlift training.

Federal participants in the exercise include the U.S. Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the National Nuclear Forensic Team, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Ohio Task Force One.

Participating agencies from Indiana include the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security.

Indiana state agencies will primarily participate in the event through Friday.

Locations for the exercise in Indiana include Camp Atterbury, the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center and the Indiana Government Center.

The Vibrant Response exercise is hosted by U.S. Army North. The entire exercise runs through Aug. 7.