If you see a lot of emergency crews driving around the Naval Weapons Station Tuesday, don’t panic – it’s just a drill.
Starting at 8 a.m., station personnel will take part in a three-day emergency exercise aimed at training and testing a response to a simulated major regional earthquake.
“The purpose of this exercise is not to run it, and then say ‘oh gosh, everyone did a great job,’" said Gregg Smith, station public affairs officer. "(We) try to run through what would happen in a real incident.”
Last year, the base simulated a response to a torrential flood.
This year's drill, Exercise Citadel Rumble 2012, runs from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9 and will be conducted on naval bases across the continental United States, according to Smith.
Residents may see increased emergency response activity around the base, and the station’s “Giant Voice” mass notification loudspeaker system may also be used.
Civilian boat access to Anaheim Bay is scheduled to remain open during the event.
For more information about the drill, contact the station public affairs office at (562) 626-7215.