Fort Hood and surrounding cities will hold an annual force protection exercise today and Thursday at various locations on and off the installation.

The bulk of the activity will occur between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. today and will rehearse Fort Hood, local, state and federal emergency response procedures. Several agencies including on-post and neighboring community police, fire and medical personnel will respond to simulated emergencies.

The exercise consists of several incident locations; specific locations are not disclosed in an effort to maintain realistic responses.

During the exercise, traffic control measures will be implemented in the vicinity of the incident locations, which may result in short delays. Traffic impact on the installation is expected to be minimal.

In addition, residents may observe smoke or other visual or audio effects in the incident areas. The exercise should end Thursday afternoon.

Fort Hood’s emergency warning system will be used today and Thursday to simulate commands preceded and followed by the word “exercise.”

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