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Preparing Your Organization For a Terrorist Attack

Written by  Dr. Ivan Walks

On March 30, 2003, three subsidiaries of a U.S. corporation were the target of a bioterrorism attack. Twenty employees at various locations throughout the country received a letter containing a fine white powder. What if this was your organization? Are you prepared to respond and protect your employees, their families and the communities they live in? This was the scenario for a mock disaster exercise sponsored by E Team and facilitated by Borden/Lee Consulting during the DRJ Spring World 2003 Conference in Orlando. The goal of this exercise was to simulate a bioterrorism event, introducing and training private and public sector personnel on how to prepare for and respond to such a threat. As former chief health officer for the District of Columbia during the anthrax crisis in 2001, I experienced first-hand the strengths and weaknesses of the Washington region’s disaster response planning. Believe me, whether you are in a corporation or