Responders Train For Cyber Attack On Madison Power Grid

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 8:19 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Thousands of emergency responders from across the state are launching massive training drills that will cover a host of scenarios from cyber-attacks to earthquakes.

Nearly 3,000 federal, state and local responders will participate in the exercises, dubbed Vigilant Guard '11. Situations will take place at nine different sites around the state. Scenarios will include a cyber-attack on Madison's power grid, chemical spills, flooding, a mysterious ship on Lake Michigan rigged with a bomb and sending aid to Indiana in response to an earthquake along the New Madrid fault line.

The exercises are set to begin Saturday morning and run through Thursday.

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