Members of the statewide Counter-Terrorism Task Force will be in Rome today, Sept. 25, and Wednesday as part of an exercise to simulate a terrorist attack.
The exercise will be centered around State Mutual Stadium off Veterans Memorial Highway and the surrounding area, according to a news release from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
A briefing is scheduled at the stadium this afternoon. The exercise will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and involve 150 people and many emergency vehicles, according to Scotty Hancock, director of the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency.
The exercise was planned for Atlanta but moved because of crowds, according to Hancock. “They called and ask us to host it,” Hancock said.
Only two local emergency personnel will be active participants, Hancock said.
If anyone sees a lot of emergency vehicles and cars around the State Mural Stadium area, don’t call 911, according to Hancock, because it is just a drill.
Participants in the drill will follow intelligence and investigative “leads” to test command, control, coordination and communications, according to the news release. During the drill, protective-security detection, deterrence and counter-surveillance tactics will be used.
CTTF includes personnel from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia National Guard and Georgia State Patrol.