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09/07/2006 2:04 PM ET
Simulated terrorist attack to be conducted at Great American Ball Park
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On Saturday, September 30 the Department of Homeland Security and the Southwestern Ohio, Southeastern Indiana, and Northern Kentucky (SOSINK) Regional Collaborative will conduct a full scale simulated terrorist attack training exercise at Great American Ball Park.

The mock disaster exercise is designed to test the regional terrorism preparedness and response to a terrorism attack. The exercise will focus on the evacuation of fans from the ball park and on key local emergency responder coordination, critical decision making, and integration of Federal and State assets to save lives and protect the public following a terrorist attack.

The exercise participants include the Cincinnati Reds, Federal, State, and local law enforcement, the fire division, medical response, hospitals, the American Red Cross, emergency management, and various other federal, state, and local officials, as well as Major League Baseball.

The Reds are asking for volunteers to come to Great American Ball Park to act as fans to be evacuated after a simulated attack. In appreciation for your attendance the Reds will provide each participant with a voucher for two tickets to a future baseball game in the 2007 season as well as other promotional items.

This is an important exercise to prepare and to test the Reds ability to evacuate the Great American Ball Park as well as testing the local emergency responders during a mass casualty event and weapons of mass destruction attack.

Volunteers do not need to pre-register. Families are welcome. We ask all volunteers to arrive at Great American Ball Park between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Free parking will be provided at Great American Ball Park, The East Garage, and Parking lots B, C, and the Freedom Center parking lot. The volunteer fans should be finished by 10 a.m. Direct your questions about volunteering to Mark Lindquist at mockdisaster@hotmail.com or call him at 513-263-8208 Hamilton County Homeland Security Office.

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