Connecticut Plans Anthrax Response Exercise

Connecticut emergency officials are planning a drill to test the New Haven area's ability to respond to an anthrax attack, the New Haven Register reported Saturday (see GSN, Dec. 4, 2008).

The May exercise was scheduled to assess the ability of 20 local health departments and other agencies to distribute medical supplies following a mock attack.

Emergency responders top the list of recipients to ensure their ability to combat the crisis, said Rick Fontana, deputy head of New Haven's Office of Emergency Management.

"It's always what we talk about: critical staff and their families, because they're not going to come to work -- we learned that in (Hurricane) Katrina -- if they're worried about their families," he said (William Kaempffer, New Haven Register, March 7).

March 9, 2009
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Connecticut emergency officials are planning a drill to test the New Haven area's ability to respond to an anthrax attack, the New Haven Register reported Saturday (see GSN, Dec. 4, 2008).