Florida National Guard to host multi-agency exercise in North Central Florida
Vigilant Guard – FL 2013 to bring an estimated 2,100 personnel to Camp Blanding for week-long event
STARKE, Fla. (May 3, 2013) – The Florida National Guard will host “Vigilant Guard – Florida 2013” – a national level emergency response exercise sponsored by the National Guard and the military’s Northern Command – at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center near Starke, Fla., May 17-23, 2013.
“Vigilant Guard – Florida 2013” will involve exercise scenarios at multiple locations in response to a hurricane and hazardous material events.
The exercise provides training opportunities for agencies to improve their abilities to respond to domestic emergencies and develop relationships with other local, state, regional, and federal partners. The partnership with our active-duty military and federal partners ensures a coordinated, seamless organization to support the needs of our governors and nearby regional states during domestic emergencies.
Participants in this exercise include: U.S. Northern Command; NORAD; U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force; National Guard Bureau; FEMA; Florida Division of Emergency Management; the Florida National Guard and Florida Department of Military Affairs; Executive Office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott; Georgia National Guard; Georgia Emergency Management Agency; and Clay County Division of Emergency Management.
Media are invited and encouraged to report on the exercise, and asked to contact the Florida National Guard Public Affairs Office at (904) 823-0166. More information on the exercise is available online at: www.floridaguard.army.mil/vigilant-guard-florida-2013