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WATERLOO--- Normal operations on the National Cattle Congress fairgrounds have been suspended for most of May as the federal government has leased out virtually the entire facility for a training exercise, NCC general manager Doug Miller said Saturday.
Miller said the federal government is leasing the fairgrounds through May 25 under an agreement approved by the NCC board. He and others close to NCC said no entity has leased out the entire fairgrounds for that long a period.
ICE and FEMA are both under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. On April 24, FEMA announced it is conducting a national level exercise in May designed "to exercise national capabilities to prepare and respond to multiple incidents including both natural disasters and terrorist incidents." The exercise is to be conducted every five years.
Miller said while regular weekly events, such as bingo at the NCC Pavilion, have been halted, overall disruption to most NCC events had been minimal. City Council member Harold Getty, a board member for the ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program on the fairgrounds for disabled individuals, said that activity has temporarily relocated. Miller also said organizers of the Sunrise Exchange Club Petting Zoo will be allowed access to make preparations for the zoo's scheduled opening later in the month.
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
reply to post by Alchemst7
Yes, NORAD was conducting their annual war games scenarios in Alaska and Canada at the time. Of course the fact is at any given time there some defense department training exercise taking place somehwere pretty much throughout the year. The odds far, far outweighed the likelihood of the attack occuring while some exercise was taking place than occuring when no training was underway. Filed under the category of: Things Alex Jones Hopes You'll Never Question.