The Defense Forces met with heads of municipalities, police, rescue and forestry officials ahead of the Siil military training exercise. The maneuvers will be the largest ever held by Estonia, with 13,000 soldiers taking part over two weeks in the first half of May.
Lt. Gen. Riho Terras, the Chief of Defense of Estonia, said it is important for locals to understand the need of the Defense Forces to keep in shape by practicing military maneuvers.
He said local governments have an immense task during war-time - to keep the day-to-day life going in harsh conditions.
The Defense Forces introduced the training exercise, including the aim, participants, areas and equipment to be used.
The maneuvers will take place in Harju, Rapla, Ida-Viru, Lääne-Viru, Järva, Jõgeva, Tartu, Põlva, Võru, Pärnu and Lääne counties, leaving Viljandi, Saare, Valga and Hiiu counties untouched.
Around 13,000 soldiers, mostly from the reserve, will take part. Home guard, conscripts and allies will also be present.
The exercise already has its own official Facebook site, which can be found here.
Editor: J.M. Laats