Nassau County, New York, will play host to a multi-agency exercise and demonstration of chemical defense capabilities in October, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and County Executive Edward Mangano announced on Tuesday.
This event will be organized by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Chemical Defense Program (CDP) within the Office of Health Affairs (OHA) in partnership with the Nassau County Fire Marshal and other County agencies.
According to the announcement the scenario will simulate a chemical accident at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
"The threats against our country are constantly evolving, and we have a responsibility to anticipate and prepare for the worst-case scenario," Rice said. "This exercise will ensure that our local first responders have the training, skills and communications capabilities they'll need to respond to a large-scale chemical attack. This is a critical investment in our local security, and I look forward to continue working with our federal and local partners to ensure that we're fully prepared to protect the people we serve."
A large focus of this training exercise will be how the different agencies coordinate response activity with each other alongside the facilitation of community-oriented response to a large-scale chemical incident. This will involve the process of communicating and distributing public information and other warnings.
“This multi-agency exercise allows Nassau County first responders to test their capabilities in real-time while refining and improving strategies for responding to chemical incidences,” Mangano said.