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ALACHUA COUNTY - In an ongoing effort to prepare for the possibility of a flu pandemic in Alachua County and to test the response capabilities of agencies across the county, Emergency Response Educators and Consultants, Inc., conducted a comprehensive multi-discipline pandemic flu exercise at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center on Thursday, October 26. Representatives from more than twenty municipal, county, state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations gathered for a table top exercise designed to evaluate preparedness for a pandemic flu. Through a series of structured modules and facilitated discusssions, participants were able to explore the various challenges presented during the day's activities. Participants included: Alachua County Division of Emergency Managment Alachua County Fire Rescue Alachua County Health Department Alachua County Sheriff's Office Alachua County Environmental Protection Alachua CountyPublic Works Alachua County Community Support Services Alachua County Combined Communications Center Gainesville Regional Utilities Gainesville Fire Rescue Gainesville Police Department Progress Energy VA Medical Center Shands Health Care United Way University of Florida Police Department University of Florida Public Information Office University of Florida Human Resources University of Florida Envrionmental Health and Safety University of Florida Student Health Care Center University of Florida Office of Student Affairs Florida Division of Emergency Management Santa Fe Community Colllege 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida U.S. Department of Agriculture This exercise program was made possible by the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP). The program provides funding for training to help local governments prevent, deter, respond to and recover from all potential threats and incidents. These incidents may include terrorism involving the use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) weapons and cyber attacks. The exercise completes Alachua County's State Homeland Security Grant Program Exercise requirements, mandated by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). For more information about EREC, Inc. and the Office of Domestic Preparedness Program, visit www.erecinc.com or www.ojp.usdoj.gov/odp/welcome.html . For more information about Alachua County emergency preparedness contact Megan Crandall, Alachua County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer, at (352) 494-8600.
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