Postal Service, Chattanooga First-Responders To Hold Emergency Exercise On Wednesday

Friday, May 17, 2013

A full-scale emergency exercise, including employee evacuation, will take place at the Chattanooga Mail Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC) on Wednesday, at 3:45 p.m. for approximately 3 ½ hours for the purpose of testing the Postal Service and the city of Chattanooga’s coordinated emergency preparedness response plans in the event of an actual biohazard alert.

The exercise will combine efforts with the Postal Inspection Service; Chattanooga Police and Fire departments and Hazmat/Decon Team, Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency and Office of Emergency Management/Fire Communications, Tennessee State Police, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, Tennessee Department of Health, American Red Cross of Southeastern Tennessee, Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority and 911.

The emergency preparedness exercise is slated to begin at 3:45 p.m. and last approximately 3½ hours. The exercise is expected to temporarily interrupt lobby services and Post Office Box access at the Chattanooga P&DC from approximately 3:30-4:45 p.m. Authorities advise the public that this is only an exercise, not an actual emergency.

The Chattanooga Mail Processing & Distribution Center is at 6040 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37421. 

The United States Postal Service is committed to keeping its employees and customers safe. Regular testing and evaluation of coordinated emergency response plans with local first responders greatly assist in this mission.


Heritage House Craft And Crop Set For Nov. 6

The Heritage House Craft and Crop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 6-9 p.m. at Heritage House Arts and Civic Center, 1428 Jenkins Road. This is part of the monthly Ambi Artist Meeting.  Participants can come, whether designing clothes or costumes, painting a portrait, scrapbooking, crocheting, making jewelry, or whatever the craft of choice.   ... (click for more)

A Night of Political Discussions At The Jewish Cultural Center

The Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road, invites the pubic to join members of the Chattanooga community on Monday night for a series of political discussions. Between 7:30-7:45 p.m. guests may arrive to watch the debate between Rep. Chuck Fleischmann from the 3rd Congressional District and Democratic challenger Dr. Mary Headrick. The debate will be ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke, Chattanooga Police Department, And Community Members Reach Out To Group Members To End Violence

The city of Chattanooga held a call-in on Thursday night, as part of the Violence Reduction Initiative. Dozens of law enforcement officials, community members, social service providers and clergy gathered to deliver a message to over 20 members of violent groups in Chattanooga. Family members of the probationers watched the call-in from another building. Although the call-in was ... (click for more)

Man Airlifted To Erlanger After Early Morning Crash In Bradley County

Bradley County EMS responded to an early morning crash Thursday at 7 a.m. at the intersection of Lauderdale Memorial Highway and Walker Valley Road in Charleston. Three ambulances and an EMS supervisor responded to the scene. There were three vehicles involved and one car left the roadway.   One adult man suffered serious injuries and it was determined that he needed ... (click for more)

Chairs Cost How Much?

Many times while growing up, I would go to the store with my parents. More often than not, I would see something I wanted, and ask my parents to buy it for me. More often than not, they said no. “Why?” I asked. “Son, money doesn’t grow on trees.” That’s a phrase I’m sure many of us have heard more than once over the course of our lives. However, I have since learned that they were ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Dear Friend Luther

One sunny morning in June years ago, the renowned radio icon Luther Masingill was on his way back to the WDEF studios on South Broad Street when he stopped for a red light and noticed a young couple in a car idling next to his familiar light blue Ford pickup. “What caught my eye was a buck-toothed boy eating a banana in the back seat,” he explained in an aside to that day’s lunchtime ... (click for more)