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Atterbury braces for major preparedness training exercise




On Thursday, a medical helicopter will touch down at a local hospital, and the emergency room will be flooded with people wounded and dying from a terrorist attack.

The casualties will all be pretend — dummies and actors in makeup — but the simulation will give local officials a chance to practice how they would stay organized and respond in the event of a real emergency.

Starting this week, U.S. Army North units are back at Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh for the annual Vibrant Response emergency preparedness drill. More than 5,500 military and civilian personnel have arrived at Camp Atterbury for the three-week training exercise, which helps soldiers practice for how they would help in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

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