ARLINGTON, Va. – Northern Virginia Emergency Response System is sponsoring a full-scale exercise on March 31, 2019 in Arlington, VA through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This exercise will provide participants with an opportunity to assess capabilities, plans, policies, and procedures outlined in a recently developed Complex Coordinated Attack Traffic Management Plan. It will focus on decision-making, coordination, and integration with other organizations during an active violence incident. The expected outcomes of the exercise are strengthening interagency coordination and ensuring notification and communication procedures are consistent throughout the region.
The following agencies and organizations will participate in the exercise:
- Arlington County Police Department
- Fairfax County Police Department
- Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority
- Metro Transit Police Department
- Virginia Department of Transportation
- Virginia State Police
- U.S. Park Police
The exercise will also include several emergency communications centers throughout the northern Virginia region.
Impacts to the Community
Exercise play will occur in multiple locations throughout the region but the public should not experience any significant impacts to traffic routes or public facilities. Members of the public will see an increase in public safety vehicles and law enforcement officers in the area but should not be alarmed or concerned as they will be part of the exercise play.
For safety and security concerns, media and the public will not be granted access to the exercise area or to exercise participants.