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Archived News Release from 2010

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Hosting Full-Scale Emergency Operations Drill at Port of Redwood City

Redwood City, CA - April 27, 2010 - On May 18, 2010, hundreds of emergency personnel – from local, state, and federal levels – will descend on the Port of Redwood City to take part in a full-scale emergency operations drill simulating a terrorist bomb attack at the Port. It’s part of California’s annual Golden Guardian exercise, designed to help emergency personnel train for the real thing.

This drill, reportedly the largest in California this year, will include first responders and emergency personnel from the peninsula and Bay Area, California state emergency operations staff, and California National Guard troops. Golden Guardian 2010 will simulate a terrorist attack at the Port of Redwood City, providing an opportunity for City, state, county, and national agencies to rehearse a full collaboration of their joint response to a large-scale emergency.

The drill on May 18 will start with a simulation of a bomb exploding on a wharf at the Port, followed by another in a different area of the Port’s operations. Multitudes of emergency staff will be staged nearby, ready to spring into action as the emergency situation develops. The event will include simulated injuries, triage, collapsed building rescues, decontamination, and other critical emergency activities.

Due to the scope of the drill and the number of participants, there will not be an opportunity for the public to view any aspect of the event. The community is advised that on May 18, if a great number of emergency personnel and equipment are seen in the area of Seaport Boulevard, it is part of the exercise and there is no cause for alarm.

The Golden Guardian Statewide Exercise Series was first implemented by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004, and has become an annual statewide exercise series conducted to coordinate prevention, preparation, response and recovery mechanisms of city, county and state governmental entities, and private sector and volunteer organizations. The goal of the Golden Guardian Exercise Series is to build upon the lessons learned from this and subsequent exercises conducted throughout the nation, as well as real-world events.

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Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager

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