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Lee Co. practices for anthrax outbreak

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Leesburg, GA (WALB) – Lee County Emergency Management Officials got a chance to see how they would react in a disaster.

They used the scenario of an anthrax outbreak and a need to vaccinate a large portion of the population.

Emergency responders were able to see where there might be a break down in communication between the Sheriff's office, fire officials, and other emergency personnel.

The Emergency Manager Director says this kind of valuable practice prepares them for a real emergency.

"We did learn this does appear to be a good location for it as far as getting traffic in and getting traffic out. We've turned Park Street into a one way street. We've learned a lot," said Lee County Emergency Management Director Chief James Howell. 

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency requires communities to hold drills like the one today to help emergency responders get ready for potential catastrophes.

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