Emergency responder drill set for 3 p.m. at downtown post office

Thursday, March 14, 2013 2:45 PM
Last updated 3:29 PM
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Emergency responders and police will be at the downtown post office as officials conduct a full-scale simulated emergency drill today.

The drill, which is being held from until 6 p.m., includes evacuation and decontamination of employees, customers and visitors; securing the crime scene; and isolating, controlling and tracking contaminated mail.

According to a news release, a biohazard detection system will signal a positive alert for mail with aerosolized Bacillus anthracis, or the bacteria that causes anthrax, at 4 p.m. The detection will signal the start of the exercise.

A perimeter might be set up disrupting traffic on Eighth and Ninth streets.

The exercise is done in conjunction with the North Florida District National Preparedness specialist.

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