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Web portal is communications hub for terrorist drill

Government emergency response workers this week are using a Web portal to exchange vital information during Topoff2, the national terrorist attack exercise in Chicago, Seattle and Washington. Run by the Homeland Security Department and the State Department, the Topoff2 drill is testing the readiness of federal, state and local agencies’ ability to respond to attacks coming from weapons of mass destruction. The five-day exercise includes a simulated radioactive dirty bomb attack on Seattle and a biological attack on Chicago. It’s the second such drill the federal government has overseen; the first was held prior to the terrorist attacks in 2001. The portal, built by Extranet Secure Portals Group LLC of Arlington, Va., lets federal, state and local officials coordinate their responses to the mock attacks. The portal is intended to help overcome traditional stovepipe barriers to collaboration across levels of government, Topoff2 officials said. Full Story

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