Law enforcement officials and other first responders will stage a full-scale drill on Wednesday to train for a terror attack in the Washington, D.C. area.
Word of the exercise came in a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
"Emergency managers who work together at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) planned the exercise to help protect residents by preparing for an attack involving multiple target locations and teams of perpetrators," the council said in a statement.
"The regional exercise will be staged at six sites in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia, and will involve hundreds of police, fire, and emergency medical service personnel and volunteer actors.
"The locations include neighborhoods in the northeast and southeast quadrants of the District of Columbia, Prince George's County, and Arlington and Fairfax Counties. Residents in those neighborhoods will be notified ahead of time to expect the exercise."
The exercise will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until the afternoon, Newsweek reported. It has been planned for nearly a year, according to the magazine.
"Law enforcement officials practice and exercise their skills on their own regularly because that's the best way to ensure we are always ready to respond quickly and professionally," said Scott Boggs, the council's managing director of homeland security and public safety.
"On April 26, we'll go one step further and stage a very realistic emergency event involving multiple sites and actors posing as the casualties. However, there is no reason for residents to be alarmed because the exercise will occur in a controlled environment."
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