Rockwall County to participate in 16-county, 3-day emergency exercise

(ROCKWALL, TX – Nov. 3, 2016) The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) will be conducting a 16-county regional training exercise November 11-13, 2016 at more than 40 different venues and emergency operations centers throughout the region. The exercise will help our region’s first responders, emergency managers, public health personnel, hospitals, and volunteer organizations better prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of natural and man-made emergencies and disasters.

During the exercise, first responders will be practicing as if this is a real-world event. In your neighborhood you may hear shouting, mock gunfire and vehicle sirens in the vicinity of your home or business. Please do not be alarmed by these events.

This exercise allows emergency responders, government staff and regional partners to fine tune the City’s emergency response plans. The exercise itself is of no cause for alarm, and residents are encouraged to go about their daily routines. Parents in the area are encouraged to explain what is taking place in an age appropriate manner to their children to lessen the chance that they will be frightened should they witness any of the exercise. It may also be timely to discuss emergency planning with your family.

Rockwall County will participate in the Big X by exercising in our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Friday morning, November 11. ~ Melanie Jensen, Emergency Management Specialist, Rockwall County

Please direct any questions or concerns to Ryan Grelle at or at 817-213-7257.

Submitted by Melanie Jensen, Emergency Management Specialist, Rockwall County, from a press release by Ryan Grelle, Public Information Officer, City of Denton.

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