- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - Local and state response teams in Michigan will practice disaster management in a simulation of a foreign ship bringing hazardous materials into a Muskegon harbor.

The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs says first response teams from organizations including the Michigan National Guard and State Police will participate in the exercise Wednesday. It says this type of homeland security exercise is especially relevant to Michigan because lakes surround the state.

The department says the teams will determine how to respond to the threat, execute their plans and evaluate their performance afterward. It says the exercise is designed to help identify strengths and weaknesses in civilian and military response plans and to improve the National Guard’s preparedness for homeland defense support roles.

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