Taos, N.M., simulates white powder event

On Wednesday morning, officials with the town of Taos, N.M., completed a “white powder drill” in which police and other officials simulated the delivery of a substance used in biological terrorist attacks.

The simulation entailed the delivery of simulated ricin powder to the executive offices at the town hall, Taos News reports. Law enforcement officials then began work on shelter notification, incident management and intelligence sharing before a training session with the 64th Civil Support Team and the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator on Thursday.

"Law enforcement will be evaluated on shelter-in place notification, inner and outer perimeter control (outer perimeter simulated), on-site incident management and unified command, and finally intelligence and information sharing among responders,” Eletha Trujillo with Taos County said in an e-mail, according to Taos News.

Trujillo said that there will be an evaluation of the Taos County Office of Emergency Management for their response to the simulation.

"Evaluators will offer comments, which will be compiled in an After Action Report and Improvement Plan with recommendations for future training, equipment, and response procedures," Trujillo said, according to Taos News. "This allows us to conduct a gap analysis, which further provides us the ability to direct our future federal grant funding requests based on need versus want."