Monday, October 15, 2007

Terror exercise is all set to blast Portland on Tuesday

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, a lethal cloak of radiation will cover much of downtown Portland.
It's all make-believe, of course. But this week the city will be ground zero for the largest counterterrorism exercise in U.S. history.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will be in town to personally oversee the exercise, with the help of Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Mayor Tom Potter. In all, more than 15,000 people from 275 organizations will be involved. Every emergency agency in the Portland area, along with 14 hospitals and David Douglas High School, will play parts in an event dubbed "Topoff 4."

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