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July 11, 2016


Media Advisory


Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Vermont National Guard


July 11, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Mark Bosma, VT DEMHS, 802-839-6717

Major Christopher Gookin, VT National Guard, 802-338-3324


July 13th Press conference: Vigilant Guard statewide emergency exercise update

Vermont statewide exercise starting July 25 will include local, state, and federal responders

WATERBURY, VT – Local and State emergency responders will team with federal counterparts in a full-scale emergency exercise in Vermont later this month.  Operation Vigilant Guard will commence from July 25-August 2 in several areas of Vermont.  The exercise will involve 4,000 emergency responders, members of the National Guard, and partners in emergency response.


Governor Peter Shumlin will join Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security Director Christopher Herrick and Vermont National Guard Major General Steven Cray to discuss some details of the exercise, including scope and objectives, at a press conference July 13th at Camp Johnson in Colchester.


A debris pile that was constructed for the exercise and apparatus that will be used by responders will be on display.


**Please note: for security and transportation considerations (the press conference is in a somewhat remote area on the base) we ask you RSVP your attendance to Major Christopher Gookin of the Vermont National Guard at by 5:00 p.m. on July 12th**


What: Vigilant Guard statewide exercise press conference


When: Wednesday, July 13th, 1:00 p.m. – Please arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. to clear security in time for 1 p.m. start.


Location: Vermont National Guard, Colchester



Governor Peter Shumlin; Christopher Herrick, Director, VT Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security; Adjutant General Steven Cray, Vermont National Guard; Harry Chen, MD, Commissioner, VT Department of Health


Mark Bosma

Public Information Officer

VT Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security

(802) 839-6717