National Guard Trains For Tornadoes and Severe Weather

MEAD, Neb. (KPTM)- The Army National Guard's CBRNE trained for severe weather Friday. More than 200 Nebraska National Guard Soldiers and Airmen practiced rescuing, decontaminating, and treating "victims" of a tornado and chemical spill Friday afternoon. "Bad things happen and you have to be prepared for that-and that's what we're kind of doing here today," said Sgt. First Class, Eric Gettert. Gettert said the training helps keep soldier's skill level high so they are able to respond to the dozens of different scenarios that the National Guard can be called in to. "It's a time to practice our skills, so that if something does arise, we are capable of doing what we advertise," said Gettert. The Army National Guard has to be called in when disaster hits. Soldiers are stationed in Beaver Crossing where a tornado hit last Sunday. "If local authorities cannot handle it, that's how and when we'd get called out," said Gettert.