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Crews train for tornado response in Massachusetts

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BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. (WHDH) - Emergency response teams from several counties are taking part in a tornado aftermath drill Wednesday in Buzzards Bay.

Tornadoes are rare in Massachusetts, but in June of 2011 a tornado struck Western Mass. killing three people and injuring hundreds more.

“We may only see the big tornado once every 20 years but we see lots of other events big and small,” MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz said.

Local, state and federal emergency responders gathered at Joint Base Cape Cod for a 24-hour training program creating a similar scenario like what occurred in 2011.

“There are National Guard soldiers that are embedded with the tech team, they’re all working hand-in-hand and that’s key,” Duxbury Fire Chief Kevin Nord said

Officials say it’s all about lessons learned from the response to the western Mass. tornado and being ready is the difference between life and death.

“We have a lot of capability but we want to make sure the right capability is in the right place at the right time,” Mass. National Guard Major General Scott Rice said.

The training will continue overnight to ensure that responders can handle dangerous situations at any time of day.
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