North Carolina: Marines conduct ‘largest ever’ pandemic drill

North Carolina: Marines conduct ‘largest ever’ pandemic drill

[Ed. – Well, the military’s taking this seriously.   It really comes off as psychotic, for the coyote chorus on the left to try to depict the right as loony for taking it seriously as well.]

Marine Corps Air Station New River on Wednesday held a full-scale pandemic outbreak drill where health officials and Marines responded to a smallpox outbreak that “occurred” aboard the installation.

According to Lt. Joseph Kotora, the public health emergency officer for Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, the Exercise Vigilant Response drill was the first of its kind at a military installation in North Carolina.

“The drills are usually conducted annually or semi-annually,” said Kotora. “A drill this size has never been conducted, so this is the largest pandemic exercise to my knowledge.” …

“This is a simulated exercise designed to test our capabilities and respond to a pandemic or biological threat,” he said. “ … We’re trying to identify some areas where we can improve and we’re also trying to foster some confidence in the population that we serve … that we can respond effectively to a mass terror or a weapon of mass destruction incident.” …

Pam Brown, the public information officer for the Onslow County Department of Public Health and Emergency Services, said her role during the drill was to make evaluations and collect information for the county as they plan to hold a similar exercise next year.

“It’s a plan that’s very, very integrated between the military and the civilian side,” Brown said. “So anytime any one of us does any part of this plan … we’re gathering data for our piece of the plan as well.”

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