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OMG! Operation Mountain Guardian, terrorist attack response drill, to take place tomorrow

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Fake terrorists will attack the Denver metro area tomorrow in what will be the largest emergency response exercise these parts have ever seen. Called Operation Mountain Guardian -- or OMG, for short -- it will include imaginary disasters at four locations: Park Meadows Mall, Smedley Elementary School, Denver Union Station and the Community College of Aurora.

The drill is funded by federal Homeland Security dollars, though Denver District Attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough, who is helping to coordinate media coverage of the exercise, says the timing has nothing to do with the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attack. It's also likely that it has nothing to do with the underground tunnels at DIA, though some folks would beg to differ.

Here are the details: OMG (as we're calling it) starts at 5 a.m. at the Park Meadows Mall with an as-yet-unspecified terrorist attack. "The exact scenario is a very well-kept secret," Kimbrough says. "It helps keeps the drill a little more realistic."

Along those lines, she adds, "the exercise scenario does call for using pyrotechnics. There will be be loud noises and there will be emergency vehicles using their lights and sirens." Part of the exercise also calls for SWAT teams to be deployed.

Three hours after the mall attack, another mystery attack will be launched at 8 a.m. on Smedley Elementary School (which has no students; it was shuttered by Denver Public Schools years ago). Yet another will follow at 8:30 a.m. at Union Station. And at 9 a.m., the Community College of Aurora's Lowry campus will suffer the same imaginary fate.

More than 100 different agencies -- many of them area police and fire departments -- will participate in the exercise. So will more than three hundred "victims" -- volunteers culled from the ranks of local Boy Scouts, high school drama students and the Air Force. To make the drill even more realistic, Kimbrough says the "victims" will undergo moulage, a fancy French word that means they'll be adorned with fake blood and wounds.

The "victims" will be taken to Denver Health Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center and University of Colorado Hospital. DIA will also participate in the drill, as will Catholic Charities. Sports Authority Field at Mile High will be used as a staging area.

"When you think about all the things that are going into this and that are part of this, it's pretty amazing," Kimbrough says. The drill should end by 4:30 p.m.

As for the media, one of its main roles is to let citizens know that OMG isn't real. Planners are expecting live coverage of the drill tomorrow morning and have already reached out to local homeowners associations and neighborhood groups. "Hopefully, a majority of groups know that it's an exercise that's unfolding," Kimbrough says.

In other words, folks should know WTF is going on so they don't scream "OMG!"

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16 comments
Www Cmiller5
Www Cmiller5

At least it will pay off when we actually have a terrorist attack!!! Did you ever think about that huh?

Point
Point

Among the targets of the (hopefully) mock attacks there are two schools one of which is an elementary school. I wonder why don't they just leave the kids out of it? Why involve the kids? It's so twisted and unfair..

blackpowderbill
blackpowderbill

Funding by "The drill is funded by federal Homeland Security dollars". Thi sline should have read;The drill is funded by tax payers dollars via Homeland Security.

Please media folks it's our money that funds these projects.

thank youbpb

Symphony Sid
Symphony Sid

"So will more than three hundred "victims" -- volunteers culled from the ranks of local Boy Scouts, high school drama students and the Air Force."

high school drama students? Really? A Glee medley, perhaps?

Annariz
Annariz

I agree..It's more common for something like this to happen in D.C. however, the exercise purpose has multiple purposes-testing how first responders react when they're overwhelmed, coordinating with other jurisdictions in a home-rule state, communications capability, handling multiple priorities/input. The more 'over the top' the more you can test, the better off you will be. Remember Columbine did happen here, which while not a multi-jurisdictional, was a form of a terrorist attack. It required multiple agencies response and a lot of lessons were learned at that time. This time, a lot of lessons could possibly be learned through a mock exercise, rather than the real thing.

Aaron Leforce
Aaron Leforce

what the fuck is the government going to do this time?

InsideJob
InsideJob

Everyone get out there with cameras and video everything going on around this event to document a potential false flag operation.

Bilbo
Bilbo

The only terrorists in America reside in Washington DC.  Why dont you take your GI Joes and go play over there.......

PatZelenick33
PatZelenick33

Please leave citizens alone.  Stop making this threat loom so large when it does not.

Concerned Person
Concerned Person

Yeah- The acronym is just too "cute." No real terrorists have the organizational structure, money, or bureacracy to do this kind of thing- only empires (D.C. villians and their financiers) have the means and the motive, as was said on someone else's post. 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Maybe you can catch them with the nanothermite this time.

Citizenlyfe
Citizenlyfe

Yeah. Its nice when they come up with catchy names like "omg". Or say....911. Taste like such bullshit these day :( can't wait to kick off our revolution. On say... independence day. Haha

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