ORONO - The University of Maine hosted the National Guard in an effort to prepare for a chemical disaster.
"You can talk about it and have your table exercises but you don't really know what you have until you do a hands on activity," explains Chief Master Sergeant Kelly Hoffses.
Besides being prepared, it's important for the different agencies to recognize each other.
"The biggest and most important thing is we get to look them in the eye and they know who we are, they know what our skills are," explains UMaine Director of Safety Wayne Maines, "we know what their skills are and we walk away with the confidence level that we never had before."
While both sides seemed prepared, they agree their communication needs improvement.
It's something they'll work on as they continue the drill tomorrow, and in the future.
Jaclyn Cangro joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox 22 in September of 2013. She was raised in suburban New York and graduated cum laude from Emerson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2013.
While at Emerson, she won the 2012 New England Emmy Award for Best College Newscast as co-executive producer. She was also nationally ranked by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) as one of the Top 20 Sports Broadcasters in the country, being one of two females on the list.
When not on the air, she enjoys watching and rooting for the New York Mets and New England Patriots.
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