posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 12:31 AM
Originally posted by Sandalphon
You'd think that they test radiation levels in the DC area all the time; what makes this time special? I can't imagine needing to test anything
from the sky.
They DO. The baseline run gets done about every six months. And since there isn't a fine grid of radiation detectors in place (they're at the
perimeters) you need a baseline scan to find a source if it gets past you into the DC area, or if someone brings one in by air.
They run biowarfare scans too, there IS a network of detectors in DC for that sort of thing, uses Mie effect spore detectors in part. They make test
powders that have JUST the right particle size to them to simulate various spores and bacteria, and boy are they expensive.
When they run an exercise, a guy from DHS gets a bag of spore simulant and drops it from a pretermined spot, the net goes off, and the run is on. The
field teams run back and forth mapping with helos trying to find the drop point, the spread, the person that dropped the "anthrax", sometimes there
are casualty drills along with it.
I have been sorely sorely tempted to get a bag of "tularemia" simulant or whatnot and have an impromptu test of the system during some sort of
political hoorah but it's too easy to track that stuff. I think they'd be peed off in a major way. But the fun you could have.