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Simulations of Attacks

When an explosion tore through the double-decker Steel Bridge in Portland, Ore., during the morning rush hour, officials knew they faced a potential calamity: The bridge carries trains and pedestrians on its lower level; Oregon Highway 99W, light rail and a streetcar up above; as well as a natural gas pipeline and fiber optics. As information poured in from television bulletins and first responders, the mayor, police chief, fire chief and others were bombarded with questions. Should they set up a command center, and if so, where? Evacuate downtown? Have police and bomb squads check other bridges? Close them pre-emptively? As the hours ticked by, “what we found,” says Mark Chussil, co-founder of the company Crisis Simulations International, Portland, “is — depending how one interprets it — overconfidence, confusion or lack of preparedness.”Full Story

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