State Troopers Prepare For Out-Of-State Emergency

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LANSING (WILX)-- Dozens of state troopers were preparing for the worst Saturday.

Michigan State Police spent the day training for an out-of-state emergency, the first of its kind.

"We have a general idea what's going to happen, but we have to be prepared for anything," said Lt. Michael Johnson, with the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

More than sixty troopers from all over the state came to Lansing to spend their day off. The mock mobilization exercise tested the skills and timely response to a emergency request for troopers from out-of-state.

" It makes me feel a lot more prepared. At least I know what to expect. The types of things that we would be doing if we were to go out of state," said Sgt. John Faccio, with MSP's Lansing post.

The exercise scenario involved Indiana having a massive earthquake. The troopers had to pack for a sixteen day trip. Each trooper was told to pack a duffle bag of riot gear, one bag for personal supplies, an extra fatigue uniform, and a first aid kit.

"They were able to work out a lot of the kinks in 2005 when they went to Katrina, then again when they went out to New Jersey," said Faccio.

With less than thirty-six hours to prepare for the simulation, everything went as planned.

"We can now take the information back to the other troopers and sergeants and let them know what to expect."

The next time MSP does this exercise they hope to be able to take troops across the border, for a more realistic scenario.

The training was paid for by a $50,000 dollar grant given to the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

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