- 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
fever. Scared people run from the area and the disease spreads with
- 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
- Patricia Doyle
- Day 3 Of NJ, CT Massive Terror
- PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Federal
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was scheduled to observe a
mock antibiotic distribution effort Wednesday as the nation's largest
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
- "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
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
- The first day of the weeklong drill that began Monday
focused on investigating the initial incident when the sport utility
with the bacteria sprayer was found abandoned in a parking lot of a
campus of Kean University in Hillside.
- The second day, Tuesday, focused on the response of
to an influx of "sick" and "dying" patients.
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- Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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