Residents and passersby may see a flurry of activity at Port Miami Tuesday, but it's all part of a drill.
The Coast Guard is facilitating a one-day, multi-agency training exercise focused on evaluating and updating the Area Maritime Security Plan and keeping the port secure. The exercise is scheduled to take place until 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The exercise is also meant to evaluate preparedness, awareness, prevention and response in the event of a homeland security related incident at or near Port Miami.
Participating agencies include:
- U.S. Coast Guard
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
- Miami-Dade County Police Department
- Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department
- City of Miami
- Port Miami
- South Florida Fusion Center
- The Salvation Army
The agencies carry out these mass exercises every few years, but officials tell NBC 6 South Florida they are constantly participating in smaller scale drills throughout the year.
Tuesday's exercise is expected to bring several hundred participants to Port Miami.