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FEMA oversees staged disaster training

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - A major disaster hit the island and yet most people don't even know it. Typhoon Isa passed Guam early Wednesday and blew up fuel tankers and the surgical ward of the hospital collapsed.  (Fortunately for island residents, the Category 4 typhoon was part of a simulated exercise.) 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been conducting a four-day training for the island's emergency responders.  Training Specialist Meghan Van Aken says Guam joins several other states in participating in this training, telling KUAM News, "We're hoping the people of Guam are able to now apply what they learned in our lectures and through this training in real life they've now had a chance to simulate, so any mistakes they made which were limited they now can learn from those mistakes."

Van Aken says emergency responders performed well and are much better prepared in the event the island is hit by a real natural disaster.

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