Arizona to host mock bioterror attack

Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Arizona, will the host a mock bioterrorist training event run by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health’s Office of Preparedness and Response on Saturday morning.

The event will allow the town, county and volunteers to determine how quickly and effectively they can work together in dispensing medication to the public in the event of a biological attack. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the East Valley Tribune reports.

“We have about 200 volunteers who have graciously given their time to basically drive in circles and simulate receiving medications during a mock anthrax attack,” Alisa Diggs, the program manager for Maricopa County Public Health’s Office of Preparedness of Response, said, according to the East Valley Tribune. “In order to challenge our team, we will also give drivers scripts so each time they drive through, they represent a different subset of our community such as parents with kids of different ages, those with health conditions and those whose first language is not English.”

According to an earlier call for volunteers, the exercise simulates a “Point of Distribution Drive-Through Exercise.” Those participating will take part in an orientation before the exercise and a free lunch during the event’s debriefing afterward, Arizona Central reports.