Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"Dirty Bomb" Drill Becomes Largest Homeland Security Test Ever

In Portland, Oregon the largest Homeland Security Office test ever for a "dirty bomb" attack is currently underway at a cost of $25 million. Homeland Security Head, Michael Chertoff and other federal officials are in attendance. Smaller tests are currenting taking place in Guam and Arizona as well, but the Portland, Oregon test is the largest mock test of emergency responses ever held.

The Portland, Oregon drill started with a "terrorist" attack on a public transportation bus with a staged explosion and actors with a variety of makeup to simulate burns oe other injuries to test emergency response and to improve the response to any real incidents of a similiar type.

The Portland drill should improve the emergency response of all agencies. it's probably $25 million well worth spending.


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