State Police to Participate in Mock Mobilization Exercise
No Need for Public Concern with Increase of MSP Presence During Simulated Exercise

Contact: Tiffany Brown, MSP Public Affairs Section, 517-241-0970
Agency: State Police

Issued: April 4, 2014

LANSING. In an effort to practice and test its emergency mobilization capabilities, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is participating in a simulated exercise tomorrow; Saturday, April 5, 2014.

The simulated preparedness exercise will test the department's response to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request for police officers to assist the State of Indiana with recovery operations in the aftermath of a simulated earthquake. The scenario will require the mobilization of 60 MSP personnel from across the state to the Lansing area.

Grant funding provided to the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division from the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) allows that all personnel utilized as part of this simulated mobilization will be off-duty. This means that regular MSP policing operations will not be impacted as a result of this exercise.

EMAC, which is administered by the NEMA, enables a disaster-impacted state to request and receive assistance from other member states quickly and efficiently. Members of EMAC include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The State of Michigan has been a member since January 2002.

Following EMAC requests, MSP troopers were deployed to New Jersey in 2012 to assist with response efforts for Hurricane Sandy and to Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Please note: This is not a media event but rather an advisory to the media to help prevent any public concern during the activities of this simulated exercise.