March 9, 2011

For Additional Information:

Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 888-4433




Meridian, ID – (March 9, 2011) – Beginning at 9:00 am on March 9, 2011, the Meridian City Hall served as the location for a large scale drill involving Meridian area emergency responders and the 101st Civil Support Team, as well as other participants.  An evacuation drill has concluded and the large scale drill will continue throughout the day, but Meridian City Hall remains open and safe to the public.


“Our Emergency Management team, representing seven departments, has been working in collaboration with the Idaho National Guard 101st Civil Support Team to put our emergency planning to the test.  This large scale drill has our emergency responders in real life scenarios and we know the results will improve our response plans to the benefit of our community,” said Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd.


The participants in the drill include City of Meridian officials and City Hall staff, the Meridian Police and Fire Departments, Central Health District, St. Luke’s Health System, Ada County Paramedics, Ada County Emergency Management, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the 101st Civil Support Team, and the USARNORTH/CSRG-W Bravo Division.  Each participant has objectives which are designed to test the plans, procedures, and systems in place under the control, simulation, and evaluation of the exercise.


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People For more information about Meridian, visit