The Nebraska National Guard’s 72nd Civil Support Team (CST) will conduct exercises in Gering and Scottsbluff this week.

They will be supported by the 84th CST of the Wyoming National Guard and the 8th CST of the Colorado National Guard. These exercises are conducted to maintain readiness in the event of an incident involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive components. They will support local law enforcement and fire departments in the area including Gering Fire Department, Gering Police Department, Scottsbluff Fire Department and Scottsbluff. Also participating will be the Panhandle Public Health District and Region 22 Emergency Management.

Activity will be concentrated on Tuesday and Wednesday around the former Western Sugar factory in Gering. On Thursday, the activity will move to the Hunts Acres Community Center in Scottsbluff. The public is asked to avoid these areas on these days for safety reasons. No real device is used in these exercises and there is no danger to the public. However, traffic inside and outside the exercise areas may be more intense and the risk of traffic accidents may increase.

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“These drills are the best way to train together to prepare for a real event,” Area 22 Emergency Management Director Tim Newman said in a news release. “Local response agencies learn what their own strengths and limitations are, and in turn, understand that they can call on these state resources to support and assist them when the magnitude of the incident exceeds their own abilities.

Any questions can be directed to Tim Newman at 308-562-0950 or [email protected]

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