The Guam National Guard’s 94th Civil Support Team (CST) along with local and federal first responders will hold a two-day exercise beginning July 30. The event consists of various emergency scenarios, including chemical and biological training scenarios throughout the island and will test multi-agency response capabilities.
As part of the exercise, there will be heightened emergency response activity island-wide, including helicopter flight, sirens, horns, and loud explosions. Residents and visitors can expect a slight increase in traffic on Route 3 due to response vehicles utilizing that route.
Residents, visitors and motorists are advised there may be simulated emergency scenarios as part of the exercise at multiple tentative locations including but not limited to: District Court, Agana, Judiciary Court of Guam, Micronesia Mall, Two Lover’s Point, Sirena Building, Agana, Tanguisson Power Plant, Dededo Sports Complex, Public Health Northern Clinic, and the Guam International Airport Authority.
All exercise related activities will be closely monitored and controlled to ensure the safety of the public and responders involved. The community is reminded not to be alarmed if sirens, horns, explosions, and other sounds indicative of an emergency are heard.
“The exercise provides responders a controlled environment to test and accurately evaluate the response of the Civil Support Teams and multi-agency coordination during a crisis,” stated Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “Kontra I Piligru has proven to be a key component to practice and maintain our readiness for all-hazards.”
“We fully support this exercise as it helps to ensure our Soldiers and Airmen, assigned to the 94th Civil Support Team-Weapons of Mass Destruction, remain proficient in their skills and to strengthen the partnerships with local and federal first responders,” said Maj. Gen. (GU) Esther J.C. Aguigui, The Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard.
In addition to the National Guard’s CST, local and federal agencies participating in the exercise include Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, Mariana Regional Fusion Center, Guam Police Department, Guam Fire Department, Judiciary of Guam, Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Guam Waterworks Authority, Guam International Airport Authority, Guam Customs and Quarantine, Guam Power Authority, Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Department of Public Health and Social Services, U.S. District Court of Guam, Joint Region Marianas, Naval Base Guam, Federal Bureau of Investigations, TSA, Naval Hospital, and other local and federal agencies.