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Fairfax Rehearses Evacuation of Jail

Drill Tests Plan for Terrorism Attack. Since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, anti-terrorism plans have been laid out for post offices and preschools, airports and football stadiums. But what about jails? Considering that large lock-ups could be targets — as they have been in other countries — Fairfax County staged a terrorism-related evacuation drill yesterday, an exercise believed to have been one of only a few held in the United States. With more than 150 volunteers pretending to be inmates and the real inmates locked down for the day, the drill ran from the moment a deputy opened a faux anthrax letter outside a cell door to the shutting of air ducts and the loading of chained “inmates” onto vans to other jails. Full Story

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