Communications Troubles
'Kill' 1000s In NJ, CT Terror Drill
From Patricia Doyle, PhD
Hello, Jeff - According to radio news reports, there were problems with communication between various agencies and responders and, finally lack of communication with the public.
People were leaving the drill area without being stopped by responders. IF the drill had been an actual bio attack, thousdands of infected people would have left the area spreading the disease as they go. This is a very similar situation that takes place in Africa with hemorrhagic fever. Scared people run from the area and the disease spreads with them.
Seems there is still the old "who's in charge?" syndrome happening. Public Health, FEMA, DHS, CDC all calling the shots which leads to confusion, chaos and deaths.
Hopefully, lessons will be learned after these drills?
Patricia Doyle
Day 3 Of NJ, CT Massive Terror Drill
PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Federal Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was scheduled to observe a mock antibiotic distribution effort Wednesday as the nation's largest anti-terrorism drill entered its third day.
The secretary, a New Jersey resident and former U.S. attorney in Newark, was to watch as emergency workers dispensed fake drugs to people including the so-called "worried well" who were not exposed to the pneumonic plague bacteria but want or need the medication to prevent them from contracting the deadly disease.
The drill in New Jersey involves a fake bio-terror attack launched from a sport utility vehicle with a commercial sprayer. By noon on Wednesday, 3,076 "deaths" had been recorded statewide as part of the exercise scenario.
At the same time, Connecticut officials are dealing with a simulated chemical weapons attack on the New London waterfront.
New Jersey officials are setting up drug distribution points, including a large one at the Rutgers University Athletic Center, which Chertoff will visit with acting Gov. Richard Codey.
The state's response to the hypothetical attack involves isolating victims and those close to them, and distributing preventive antibiotics to others to further halt the spread of the fast-moving disease.
"To stop that in its tracks, the first thing is reaching the people who are sick," said James Langenbach, an official with the state health department who is helping organize New Jersey's response as part of the drill. "Then we operate these points of distribution to give medicine to help people from getting the plague."
By Friday morning, all 21 of the state's counties will have drug distribution points set up as part of the drill, Langenbach said.
The first day of the weeklong drill that began Monday focused on investigating the initial incident when the sport utility vehicle with the bacteria sprayer was found abandoned in a parking lot of a satellite campus of Kean University in Hillside.
The second day, Tuesday, focused on the response of hospitals to an influx of "sick" and "dying" patients.
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Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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