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Monday, September 24, 2007
Boston's anthrax drill
Boston ran an anthrax drill this weekend. On Sunday morning, some 23,000 households in the South End and West Roxbury received small white cardboard boxes (empty) and a flyer -- delivered by the post office. I live in West Roxbury; here's the flyer I received.
And here's the box:
According to today's Boston Globe, the deliveries were "a drill designed by health and postal authorities to measure how swiftly life-saving medications could be delivered if terrorists seeded the air with anthrax." So what was the result? The 23,000 of us who live in the South End and West Roxbury could receive our antidote in 6 hours. Not bad!
Assuming, of course, that the postal carriers don't desert their posts, and are able to hack their way through the panicked crowds between the South End and here. Residents of Roxbury, JP, and Roslindale, I beseech you: Do not stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds!