‘Patriot North’ disaster training continues at Fort McCoy, Volk Field

The Patriot North exercise is continuing at Volk Field and Fort McCoy in our area.

Civilian emergency responders are training with the military, so they’re prepared to work together in case a major natural disaster hits.

Tuesday, crews trained with a military plane and helicopter.

Hundreds of people from more than 20 states are participating.

Effective communications is key in a disaster and in training.

“We’re able to share with them and find out what they’re doing, we have a great partnership with the National Guard, that we’ll be learning their skills. But there is other agencies that are here so that during a real exercise we don’t duplicate ever,” said John Gantner, Incident Commander, Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center.

Patriot North training continues through Thursday.

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