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Bioterrorism Drill Reveals Many Flaws

The government’s largest bioterrorism drill since the Sept. 11 attacks revealed widespread communications problems and confusion among emergency personnel, according to a federal summary on Friday. The drill last May was overseen by the Department of Homeland Security, which wanted to assess the country’s readiness to deal with multiple terrorist attacks. It began in Seattle with the simulated detonation of a radioactive “dirty bomb” and ended four days later in Chicago with a raid on the fictional terrorist group responsible for the chaos. A detailed report on the drill is classified, but Homeland Security officials released a 15-page summary. In it, they noted emergency crews in Seattle had trouble determining where the radiological contamination had spread, which would be key to evacuating and treating people in a real emergency. Full Story

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