NNSA, FBI conclude Gamma Shield Thunder Exercise
This was a table-top exercise that took place at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Officials at the local, federal and state level took part in responding to a simulated attack involving the use of radiological material. They were also joined by first response personnel and law enforcement officers.
The scenario was that a terrorist group attempted to take control of radiological sources through the infiltration of hospital facilities. The exercise sounded alarms and participants were tasked with crisis management. This allowed participants to exercise their cross-agency coordination skills and their respective emergency management capabilities.
"I was really impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm the folks from facility, local and state emergency services demonstrated," the exercise's organization team leader Derek Estes said. "We've seen a real growth in readiness across the emergency management community we work with nationally."
Similar training events under the Silent Thunder exercise program have taken place in 22 states and in the Washington, D.C. area. This exercise was jointly organized by the NNSA's Global Material Security, the FBI and the NNSA's Office of Counterterrorism Policy and Cooperation.