Operation Alert Begins May 6
The fifth annual civil defense preparedness exercise known as “Operation Alert” will be held in three stages this year with the first phase scheduled for May 6-7.
The Office of Defense Mobilization has announced that the first part will give state and local civil defense personnel an opportunity to test their operations.
The second phase will be held July 14-18 for federal government agencies. During this period agencies having emergency responsibilities will simulate assistance to supposedly bombed areas.
The third stage, an evaluation of the survival measures simulated in the first two phases, will be conducted during September by federal agencies.
ODM said separation of the phases this year will provide time for state officials to forward to the federal level reports of supposedly critical shortages and estimates of resources over and above their needs.