Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Drills: Miami, IL, CA, Pandemic Prep, FCS, DEW

Bio-bug drill prepares responders (IL)

If La Salle County becomes a target for a biological attack, emergency officials know how to respond.Like, say if five aerosol cans containing plague bacteria are placed inside Celebrations 150 during the annual spring Home and Garden show.That scenario played out Sunday as a drill. Dozens of emergency responders converged at the popular banquet hall north of Utica, where a woman feeling ill called 911 at 8 a.m.
Operation Bio Bug entails simulated biological release http://mywebtimes.com/ottnews/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=356853

Officials Conduct Major Disaster Drill In Miami
First responders, Miami police, the FBI and Homeland Security officials are conducting a major disaster drill on Tuesday in downtown Miami.

Authorities are training for several incidents at once in Bicentennial Park. The simulation will include a mock contamination, then several explosions and a third mock disaster.
Authorities must respond to the first event and then the subsequent explosions. The commanders will test their skills in dealing with the mock contamination first and keeping the first responders safe during the subsequent ones, as well as helping "victims."
Miami Police Department public information Officer Delrish Moss called the exercises very necessary.
"It's good, because the better you train, the more you're prepared when the real situation occurs," Moss said. "How you train is very important, because you revert to that training when the heat is on."
About 300 volunteers are helping out during the drill. The FBI and Homeland Security officials are observing to see how the local agencies deal with the mock disasters.
MacDill, Tampa Airport Plan Emergency Readiness Drills
Pasadena to Conduct Public Health Emergency Drill

The Pasadena Public Health Department will conduct an emergency drill Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pasadena City College�s East Campus, 3035 E. Foothill Blvd., said a spokesperson in a news statement.
A component of the department's Bioterrorism and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program, the drill will assess the city of Pasadena's response to a pandemic flu scenario and the need to conduct mass vaccinations or medication to the local community, said Joy Guihama, a spokesperson for the City of Pasadena.
Huntington Hospital and Pasadena Unified School District will conduct related exercises on Tuesday that will assess their abilities to respond to this type of emergency, Guihama said.
"This exercise, which is part of preparedness training for our public health works and other city partners, enhances our readiness to respond quickly and effectively to public health emergencies, whether manmade or nature,"....

U.S., Georgia to conduct joint drills near Tbilisi in July

TBILISI, April 15 (RIA Novosti) - Joint Georgian-U.S. military exercises Immediate Response 2008 will be held near Georgia's capital Tbilisi in July, the Georgian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
Around 2,000 personnel, mainly from the U.S. but also from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, will join Georgian troops in the exercises planned by the U.S. Armed Forces European Command.


Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism Launches Exercise Planning

The United States participated in the first meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism Exercise Planning Group in Paris on April 15, to support the development and execution of international exercises aimed at combating the threat posed by nuclear terrorism. Exercise planners from defense, energy, foreign affairs, law enforcement, intelligence, and other ministries from over 20 nations participated in this inaugural meeting to set the agenda for the Initiative’s exercise program.

Seeing the light: directed-energy weapons

Army Combat Technology Demonstrated (FCS)

The future of Army combat technology was demonstrated on Capitol Hill Thursday, exhibiting several systems that enable Soldiers to fight better, faster and most importantly, safer.
The Future Combat Systems Brigade Combat Team presented several static displays of future Army technology and provided a live demonstration of the Land Warrior system and key corresponding equipment: Urban Unattended Ground Sensors, Small Unmanned Ground
Vehicles and Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.


Small company gets US go-ahead on bird flu patch

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - A small biotechnology company trying to develop needle-free vaccines won a boost to its efforts on Tuesday with U.S. government approval to test a bird flu skin patch on more people.Iomai's (IOMI.O: Quote, Profile, Research) patch is not a vaccine, but rather delivers what is called an adjuvant -- an immune boosting agent that will be delivered along with a vaccine to try to make it work better.

Japan set to begin prepandemic vaccination

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