Battery Park City holds chemical attack simulation

In New York City, the Battery Park City Community Emergency Response Team recently met to conduct its first terror evacuation drill since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The drill was created to test the area’s emergency response to an attack that utilized either chemical weapons or explosives, according to

"You can never prepare too much," Hank Wisner, deputy chief of the Battery Park City CERT, said, according to

Wisner was in charge of approximately 100 volunteers who began working at 7 a.m. to conduct the drill in Southern Battery Park. The local residents, who had been previously trained, listened to the scenario and then quickly broke into teams.

Residents participated in search and rescue, animal search and rescue, medical triage, traffic control, maritime evacuation and other scenarios.

The triage team set up in the Merchants River House, a local restaurant, reports. Mock patients came to the establishment complaining of heart attacks, broken bones, asthma and shock. Some pretended not to speak English in order to simulate a language barrier.

"We were surprised by how few mistakes were made," Wisner said, reports. "It just went like clockwork."

Wisner said that it would be difficult to predict what would happen in the event of a real disaster.

"In every event with mass casualties, there's always going to be chaos," Wisner said, according to "It never goes according to plan."

The CERT’s role is to supplement the city’s first response teams, to keep order until they can arrive and then to help them control the situation. Battery Park City’s CERT was the first created in the city shortly after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.