BUTLERVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - Thousands of soldiers and airmen from across the country are at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center this month training to be prepared for a large disaster.
The drill on Wednesday was is a nuclear attack.
"They made this very realistic for us," said Lt. Ryan Maris of the Indiana National Guard. "We felt like we came into an actual disaster site."
Men in decontamination suits walked through a mock Main Street that looked like a movie set, complete with actors, crashed cars, and damaged buildings.
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"They are checking for any kind of contamination in the area," said National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Brad Staggs.
The military calls the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, open for nearly a decade, one-of-a-kind.
"The Army didn't have a city that it could train to go into and take care of the population to help people," said Staggs.
It's not just the military that uses it. So do police, fire, and other first responders from all over the world who train on everything from bombed out buildings to collapsed parking garages, and even a simulated subway station.
The Guard purchased the cars from the Chicago Transit Authority and lowered them into a makeshift station underground.
"They can come in and create their own scenario their own situation which they have to respond to," said Staggs.
They also have the only radio station to train how to work with the media to broadcast important messages and directions to the community in the event of a man-made or natural disaster.
"We want to make not as real as it gets," said Staggs. "So they have to think and react and they have to do what they need to do to help those people."
Staggs said simulations like these that bring in military personnel from across the country have a $6 million impact on the local economy.
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