Rhode Island simulates bioevent

Cranston, Rhode Island will be inundated with soldiers in hazmat suits this week as part of a simulation to practice response to biological, chemical, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive events as well as natural disasters.

The Rhode Island National Guard's 13th Civil Support team's 22 full-time members, tasked with supporting local, state and federal agencies in the event of an attack that involves the use of weapons of mass destruction, are taking part in the week long exercise.

The 13th Civil Support Team is trained to aid local authorities in determining what kind of emergency they are facing and in how to best deal with the situation.

The full time National Guard members will be joined in the exercise, which is being held  on Block Island and in Coventry, Cranston, East Greenwich, Lincoln, Narragansett, Newport, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Providence and Richmond, by local fire and police departments, hospitals, hazardous materials and decontamination teams.

Additional civil support teams from Alaska, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Oregon will also take part in the simulation.

The 13th Civil Support Team, which is headquartered at the Coventry Air National Guard Station in Coventry, Rhode Island, consists of six elements, including a Command Section, Administrative/Logistics section, Operations section, Medical section, Communications section and a survey team.