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Minn. test of meds delivery in emergency goes well

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posted on May, 7 2012 @ 06:21 AM
What? Test of huh? Oh, this makes no sense.... Lets see what they did.

This little bottle, was apparently delivered as a test. Empty.

St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Health and U.S. postal workers responded to a fictional airborne anthrax attack in the Twin Cities this weekend. The scenario is designed to prepare officials for a biological terror attack.

Officials called the test a success. "Operation Medicine Delivery" was the first full-scale test of a strategy for distributing medicine in the event of an epidemic or large-scale anthrax attack. About 300 mail carriers on Sunday delivered empty pill bottles to thousands of homes in parts of St. Paul, north Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Golden Valley.

"I don't think it's too early to say it was largely successful," said Department of Health spokesman Buddy Ferguson. "But it's going to take time to measure the degree of success and determine what limits there are to this particular way of getting medicine to people." Ferguson said in a real biological attack, the people distributing medication would be among the first to get the antibiotics. And he said home delivery would be one of many distribution methods.

What could this all be about? Any ideas?? I know what it says, of course. I heard it on CNN, then pulled up the story. I read it again, and it still makes little sense.

A Postal carrier is going to every address already, anyway. Every day except Sunday. Exactly what part of a Mailman delivering mail is a mystery in need of testing? ...and this wasn't enough of a test?? There are some stories this morning saying this needs repeating elsewhere. For what? What is happening here? Any ideas are welcome! Something just isn't right about this?

posted on May, 7 2012 @ 06:34 AM
There is nothing wrong with being prepared for a disaster.

posted on May, 7 2012 @ 06:35 AM
probably an end to end test to see where any possible faults could be such as access to property on non mail days both residental and at the mail companies building due to only one person has access to a barrier to get the trucks out and he's spending the entirety of sunday in o'mallys bar with his mobile off or people calling the cops saying that theres a strange mail worker posting stuff on a Sunday when theres no Sunday delivery so is he a terrorist?

posted on May, 7 2012 @ 06:45 AM

Originally posted by RealSpoke
There is nothing wrong with being prepared for a disaster.

Definitely nothing wrong with that. I'd feel a little better if they weren't actively preparing for about every disaster mankind can dream up, and all in a few month period. However, your right on that.

At the same time, I can't say that I've ever heard of empty bottles being delivered by police escorted mail carriers..just to see if said mail carriers could actually accomplish what they do in their daily job the other 6 days of the week. Perhaps it really is just what it seems though. I guess the Post Office being so broke they have to close offices and cut delivery days doesn't apply on test day. lol

posted on May, 7 2012 @ 08:30 AM
Is it just me or does it seem like their drill simulation is missing one important component--actual anthrax coursing through the air? Think that would make a huge difference.

Anyway, it seems like an odd drill for somewhere like Minnesota, doesn't seem like it's high on the list of terror targets and, if so, this doesn't seem like an effective method of distribution, considering the mailpersons would be most susceptible to this sort of thing if it was airborne over a large area.

This country has just gone urban training drill-crazy lately, huh?

edit on 7-5-2012 by mountaingirl1111 because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 7 2012 @ 10:33 AM
The govt. sends you some pills by the mail and you just start swallowing them? Not me.

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