DON'T PANIC PORTSMOUTH,NH
IT'S ONLY A DRILL
If you are downtown Portsmouth, NH tomorrow - Friday July 24th 2015, you may encounter sounds that would alarm an otherwise unknowing citizen.
This is is JUST A DRILLand nothing to be worried about.
The following was posted in the Portsmouth Herald Newspaper and/or Seacoastonline.com with regard to tomorrow's training exercises.
On Friday, July 24th, 2015, the region’s first responders will participate in a large-scale regional training exercise designed to test the critical skills and protocols that would be used responding to a high-level critical incident. SWAT, Fire, EMS, and municipal police will have the opportunity to respond and train.
The Department of Homeland Security has gone to great lengths to design an event that incorporates almost all the necessary personnel and equipment needed to secure a successful outcome for such an incident. This means people in some Portsmouth neighborhoods and downtown areas will hear loud noises during the course of the exercise. The areas specifically affected will be the in-town neighborhoods around the high school and the middle school. These residents will also be receiving a Reverse 911 call reminder on Thursday, the 21st.The noises and activity connected to the training are no cause for alarm. They are part of the training. Additionally, people will see uniformed officers with training weapons, and emergency response vehicles and equipment, which are also part of the exercise. Please do not call “911” or Portsmouth Dispatch in response to the training.
The event is a scheduled and controlled training incident and is planned to run from about 9:00 a.m. until about 2:00 p.m. The Portsmouth Public Library will be open during the training period; no fines will be assessed for the day. The Portsmouth Pool will also be open.
The “Praetorian 724” exercise will afford the region’s first responders a unique opportunity to train to be able to best protect the residents of the Seacoast.