Participants in the ‘Black Death’ scenario are faced with a fictional plague attack involving 10 countries to assist them in identifying critical co-operation and co-ordination issues which would be necessary to respond to such an attack.
'Bioterrorism is the perfect storm of opportunity and motivation and we would be mistaken in treating a worst-case scenario as a remote possibility,' said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.
'This exercise will help focus our joint understanding of the role and responsibility of each of us – police, health care professionals, experts – in response to a bioterrorism incident, as well as identifying possible gaps or redundancies so that we can draw lessons from them.'
Moderated by Professor Barry Kellman, legal advisor to INTERPOL’s bioterrorism prevention unit and author of ‘Bioviolence: Preventing Biological Terror and Crime,’ the tabletop exercise is the latest in a series of initiatives launched by INTERPOL since the creation of its bioterrorism prevention programme in 2004.
To assist all of its 186 member countries develop their awareness and preparedness in the prevention of bioterrorism, INTERPOL has organised the Global Conference on Preventing Bioterrorism in March 2005, regional workshops in Africa, South America, Europe and Asia, and created a Bioterrorism resource centre to provide police with training materials, online tests and scientific
Scheduled for Wednesday in Wailuku and Thursday in Lahaina, the exercise will give responding agencies an opportunity to conduct various types of training, according to a news release from Mayor Charmaine Tavares’ office.
The planned exercise will highlight local, state and national response capabilities to a weapons-of-mass-destruction terrorist event (cont..)