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National Guard members prepare for disaster

By HILARY LANE

ORISKANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - More than 700 members of the New York National Guard are now prepared to respond to any type of biological or chemical incident.

The guard members have been preparing for three months at the New York State Preparedness Center in Oriskany and a four-day drill, underway on Thursday, is the culmination of all of their work.

They are practicing decontamination, substance removal, and how to best assist emergency personnel already on the scene.

"At the state or nation level, most likely, these types of threats are not most threatening. But they are most capable of causing casualties so we train for worst case scenario," said Richard Goldenberg, Public Information Officer, Army National Guard.

At the end of this four-day drill, the National Guard members can respond to any type of biological, chemical, radiological, nuclear, or high explosive incident, in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands.

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