Training begins on state response to a hurricane

MARYLAND - Hurricane season is around the corner and first responders are getting ready. 

FEMA leads what's called the National-Level Exercises every two years to train local, state and federal agencies on how best to respond to a natural disaster. More than 2,000 national guard personnel from six states, plus DC, will be in Maryland this week for that training.

During the training, they will go through a simulation of a hurricane making landfall in Maryland. Some of the areas that will be focused on actions taken before the hurricane makes landfall and how to manage power outages.

This has been a major issue in Puerto Rico ever since Hurricane Maria hit last year. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency, as well as 40 other federal, state and local agencies are also going to be testing out their hurricane response plans during the four days of training.

Some of the places they will be training include Aberdeen Proving Ground, Baltimore City Fire Academy, and Perry Point VA Medical Center in Havre De Grace.

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