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Preparing for terrorism, disaster

August 23, 2002

First responders to emergencies plan, in case there is another September 11th attack. If there's a disaster in South Georgia, either natural or terrorist, emergency responders want to have a plan to deal with it.

Healthcare professionals held a seminar on how to take care of people following a terrorist attack. Two-hundred Doctors, Nurses, Hospital workers, EMS and Emergency Management workers met at Albany State University for a day long training session on dealing with disasters like terrorist attacks.

Coordination and preparedness in the case of mass emergency could save hundreds of lives. The first responders were taught ways to protect themselves and decontaminate others against nuclear, radiation, and bio-terrorism atacks.

"Practice is absolutely the way you get ready," said Dr. Paul Newell, of Georgia Public Health. "This is a real possibility, following last year's 9-11 events, and that prolonged episode of anthrax spore transmission through the mail. If that didn't put a nail in it, I don't know what could have." 

This is the first of four programs to train South Georgia responders about bio-terrorism. Others will be held in Douglas, Columbus, and Jekyll Island in September and October.

posted at 4:20PM by jimw@walb.com