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.


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