Massachusetts National Guard holding emergency preparedness exercise


The Massachusetts National Guard is holding an emergency preparedness exercise in various parts of the state this week, including western Massachusetts.

According to Northwest MA Incident Management Team spokesperson Mary Kersell, part of the exercise will take place in the Deerfield River Basin.

The western Massachusetts portion of the exercise will be based out of Berkshire East in Charlemont.

The Massachusetts National Guard kicked off their week long military training exercise with an active shooter simulation in Boston Harbor Monday morning.

Guard members will travel to Charlemont on Tuesday to conduct emergency preparedness training drills in and around Berkshire East.

They said there will be an increase in traffic on Route 2 for the next two days due to a heavy presence of military and emergency vehicles.

Residents who live near the area should expect to see increased military presence, military vehicles, sirens, and military helicopters.

“They need to protect our country they definitely need to do the training,” said Pamela Bell of Charlemont. “So yeah I support it 100 percent.”

Helicopters are expected to be seen flying over Charlemont, Hawley, and Rowe throughout the exercise.

A large increase in traffic on Route 8A South is also expected. 

Massachusetts National Guard Captain Chris McCrobie told 22News they will be practicing search and rescue drills on the Berkshire East mountain and on boats in the Deerfield River Tuesday and Wednesday.

Capt. McCrobie said they’ll conclude the Charlemont emergency preparedness training Wednesday night.

The full-scale civil-military exercise will include participation from 46 federal, state, local, and civilian organizations throughout the state. 

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