Postal workers may become part of plan to fight anthrax attacks

Mail carriers in Minnesota may soon play a part in the war on terror, according to a news report by

The plan, which will be funded by a $6 million grant through the federal government for anthrax emergency preparedness, will coordinate efforts of the state’s mail carriers, lab technicians and law enforcement officers.

The state’s Department of Health will be responsible for testing material for anthrax. Another part of the plan, according to the news report, could involve the distribution of antibiotic pill packs that would be supplied by the federal government.

Those pill packs would be sent to the state’s Office of Emergency Preparedness within 12 hours of  possible exposure and then distributed by mail carriers with state trooper escorts, according to the report.

Pam Donate is a Minnesota mail carrier who was one of 400 volunteers to be trained to deliver medications via mail during an anthrax attack.

“Letter carriers are very attached to the people they serve in the neighborhoods,” Donate told

The report noted that approximately 50 state troopers would escort postal workers, offering protection, specifically in densely populated areas around the Twin Cities.

“We don't know when something will happen, if it will happen or what it'll be, but the last thing we want to do is get flat-footed,” Minnesota State Patrol Captain Matt Langer told