Many law enforcement and first responders will participate in a practice drill to test the readiness and communication in the event of a widespread disaster.
The drill will simulate an emergency involving the detonation of a weapon of mass destruction near the U.S./Mexico border that causes a mass migration of about 3,000 people.
The six-hour drillwill take place at Santa Teresa High School beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The drill will be conducted by Dona Ana County and the Las Cruces Office of Emergency Management. It is funded through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.
One portion of the scenario will include thousands of people who need decontamination and various levels of oxygen.
It will test a wide array of departments such as the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department, Dona Ana County Fire and Emergency Services, the Dona Ana County Office of Emergency Management, New Mexico State Police, Sunland Park Police Department, Sunland Park Fire Department, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, amateur radio operators, Gadsden Independent School District, the National Weather Service and the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority.
Emergency responders will practice responding to exercises like environmental response/ decontamination, operation communications and mass care service.
Emergency crews will still be available and ready to aid any real-world emergencies.
The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department reminds residents there is no real emergency and it is just a drill.
Drivers can expect congestion on McNutt Road.
National Preparedness Actions Day is April 30th and is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.