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Region Braces For Terror Drill

Southeastern Connecticut will be inundated with real-life Secret Service agents, FBI agents and police officers for a security drill next month, along with role-playing reporters, bleeding and dying “victims,” as well as hundreds of fire trucks, police vehicles and ambulances. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is organizing the drill, called TOPOFF3 (named for top officials), which will simulate a coordinated terrorist attack on Connecticut and New Jersey. The exercise, scheduled April 4-8, involves the United Kingdom, Canada and more than 10,000 participants from 200 international, federal, state, tribal, private and local agencies. The drill is meant to test top officials’ ability to coordinate across all levels of government in the case of a wide-scale emergency. The Department of Homeland Security has said the mock weapons of mass destruction to hit New London will be chemical in nature. Otherwise, emergency workers and those playing in the drill are being told little more than that it will be a “full-scale exercise,” in order to keep the scenario as real as possible. Full Story

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