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Exercising Military, Community Responders Together

Written by  Dr. Thomas D. Phelan November 21, 2007

On Sunday, July 28, 2002, rescue workers in Quecreek, Pa., broke through a coal mine wall to nine trapped miners and found them all alive. What a victory for emergency responders everywhere! That was only 10 miles from Shanksville where United Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. Common to both emergencies was the support and assistance of Federal military units. In Quecreek, it was the Navy, prepared with decompression units flown in to assist if and when the miners were rescued. Is there a military unit near where you live and work? What resources do they have that might save lives in your community in the event of a disaster? And what risks or threats are added to your list of vulnerabilities simply because the military is close by? In Syracuse, N.Y., on May 19, 2002, members of the 174th Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard, responded with local emergency

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