The City of Austin, Travis County, and Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) from the United States Department of Defense will conduct training in Austin between Friday, Jan. 24 and Monday, Jan. 27. Training will be conducted at the Travis County Expo Center and Govalle Wastewater Treatment Facility. The training events should have no impact on the public.
Local public safety agencies will be training alongside Joint Task Force Civil Support to exercise local agencies capabilities to respond to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) event and the cascading impacts an emergency of that nature would cause. This exercise simulates the response to a fictional nuclear incident. JTF-CS and its attached Defense CBRN Response Force (DCRF) units will move to the affected area to support local, state, and federal authorities.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to have our local first responders work with the armed forces to ensure all three organizations plans can work together,” said Juan Ortiz, Director for the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “We want to build the relationship with the armed forces to ensure we are prepared to respond and work together as efficiently as possible in the event of a disaster.”
The exercise will focus on sustaining command and control and providing a coordinated response to ensure the headquarters and DCRF units are trained and ready to execute their CBRN response mission in support of partner agencies
“Our goal is to continue to prepare and plan for emergencies of all kinds,” said Eric Carter Emergency Management Coordinator for Travis County. “Having our staff work alongside the Department of Defense and the City will better prepare all three organizations to help our residents should an emergency like this ever happen.”
Additional events related to this exercise will be conducted in Killeen, TX and Fort Hood, TX between Thursday, Jan. 23 and Wednesday, Jan. 29.
As many as 1000 Department of Defense personnel, 50 City of Austin, and 10 Travis County staff will participate in the training.