This is the second time the Indians have participated in such an event at Progressive Field, the other coming in 2001. Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland also conduct these events at other venues, including last year at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the Port of Cleveland. These types of exercises offer civic opportunities for all parties involved, as a way to learn in real-time how to deal >with major emergencies.
Although this exercise has been in coordination for six months, recent events in Boston and West, Texas this week have highlighted and re-emphasized the importance of exhaustive training for emergency responders.
"The Department of Homeland Security recommends preparation as the No. 1 priority in dealing with emergency situations. While our safety and security policies and procedures always have maintained the highest standards, we know it is very important to be well prepared in the event of any major emergency situation," said BOB DiBIASIO, the Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs.
"The safety of our fans, players and staff at Progressive Field always has been, and will continue to be, our highest priority."
The exercise will begin around 10:30AM inside Progressive Field; a post-exercise press briefing will occur inside the Terrace Club at 3:30PM. Media will not be granted access inside Progressive Field.
Emergency response vehicles and apparatus will be staged on Eagle Avenue and East Ninth Street; real-life sights and sounds may accompany the exercise. One southbound lane of East Ninth Street will close from approximately 8:30AM-3:30PM Tuesday.
Other participants include Cleveland Divisions of Police, Fire and EMS; Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Offices of Emergency Management; Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's and Sheriff's Offices; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center; Region 2 Urban Search and Rescue; SWAT; and more.