CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Don't be alarmed when you see signs of increased security and more National Guard soldiers and vehicles than usual moving about in communities across West Virginia.
The National Guard will be conducting exercises Thursday with state and local agencies in 11 communities, including Charleston and Martinsburg.
It's an annual training event that gives guard members the chance to hone their emergency response skills.
The exercises also help build up their relationships with the civilian agencies they work with during crises.
The guard is conducting what it calls a force-protection exercise as part of the U.S. Army's Anti-Terrorism Awareness Month. Past exercises have included active shooter drills, suspicious package scenarios and events centered around white powder found in a mail room.