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Disaster test needs volunteers

How well New Jersey — and local officials — can respond to a biological or terrorist attack may be better known after April 7, when 500 “victims” will swamp local emergency responders in a mock disaster drill. The victims will actually be volunteers in “TopOff 3,” part of a congressionally mandated, nationwide preparedness effort, testing how well county and local first responders react to a potential health emergency. The exercise is being conducted by the Somerset County Department of Health in conjunction with the Office of Emergency Management, and other county and local police and rescue agencies, with funding from a combination of federal and state agencies. Area residents interested in helping out can volunteer to be among the “victims” that day. Full Story

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