Mock Disaster Exercise

Planned for Thursday, June 5, 2014
Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport will conduct a mock disaster exercise on Thursday, June 5, 2014.  Airport public safety personnel will work with numerous area medical response teams, fire departments and law enforcement agencies in order to test communications and emergency response.  
The two-hour exercise is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.  Tri-county area mutual aid emergency personnel are expected to respond in the exercise as if the events are a real disaster. Additional training is scheduled through the rest of the day until 9:00 p.m.  
“Safety and security of our passengers is our top priority and this exercise tests our responsiveness in the event of an incident or accident,” said Robert Selig, president and CEO of the Capital Region Airport Authority. “We thank all the participating agencies and appreciate their cooperation.”
Airport officials are making every effort to inform the public of the exercise in advance to prevent any undue concern that the drill might be a real airport or aircraft emergency.  The exercise will not interfere with any scheduled arriving or departing aircraft, and passengers will have access to the main terminal building throughout the event.
****MEDIA NOTE:  The aircraft simulator used in the exercise will create flames and smoke in the area.  Members of credentialed media may request to observe and cover the simulator training portion of the disaster exercise as a news story.  Accommodations to the media can be made for press arriving at the airport information booth in the main terminal at 9 a.m., and media will have limited escorted access to an outdoor observation platform until late morning.   The simulator training portion of the exercise will occur on a closed airport runway.