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TERRORISM DRILL TESTS READINESS OF SOUTHEAST FLORIDA TASK FORCE

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Broward County Convention Center

1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale

Media availability: 11:30 AM to noon

More than 200 members of the Southeast Florida Domestic Security Task Force will test their readiness to respond to bioterrorism in an all-day tabletop exercise Tuesday at the Broward Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale.

In the scenario, terrorists launch an attack on South Florida using a biological weapon. Law enforcement, fire rescue, health and emergency management participants from the four county region will work together to make split-second decisions as the crisis unfolds.

“The purpose of this exercise is to test how well all our agencies communicate and share information and resources. There are no right or wrong answers,” Task Force Chair Sheriff Ken Jenne said.

Broward County will host the seventh and final exercise, which has already been conducted in Florida’s six other regional task forces by Community Research Associates, Inc. The scenario is designed so local agencies will test their interaction with each other, and with state and federal agencies.

Due to law enforcement sensitivities, the exercise is not open to the public. However, Co-Chairs Sheriff Jenne and FDLE Director Doyle Jourdan will be available to answer media questions at the 11:30 break.

The Southeast Florida Domestic Security Task Force is one of seven regional task forces formed by the governor in October 2001. Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties are participants, along with fire rescue, medical and other emergency preparedness officials.

This report by: Cheryl Stopnick / Media Relations

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