N.H. agencies take part in terror event drill

The New Hampshire Department of Human Services asked all health regions to respond to a training scenario where there was a deliberate terrorist release of the biological agent anthrax.

For this training exercise Oct. 17, the greater community agencies requested assistance from state Department of Health and Human Services for help from the federal Strategic National Stockpile for medications to be delivered to a regional middle school.

Officials would need to be enough medication for anyone who was potentially exposed in this training exercise. In this scenario the goal was to dispense antidote medicine to 200 role players in one hour in order to test the dispensing system and incident command system that would be needed to control such an event.

The training exercise involved anthrax was dispersed from a train moving through the southern part of New Hampshire.

“The training was definitely a success as it achieved the goals and it was also very valuable for area police, fire, EMS and hospital staff to train together," said Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier. "We need to have good working relationships with each other and a better understand each other's needs are before something like this occurs, rather than trying to do it after.”