Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Looks Like I'm Doomed

That is, unless Capt. Eric May can save me.

The Phoenix area will be a focus next week of the largest terrorism drill ever conducted, testing not only Arizona's disaster readiness, communications network and leaders but evolving plans to secure the Super Bowl next year.

The drill, fourth in a series, takes on added significance because it is the first since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 exposed deep flaws in the government's response to catastrophes and its handling of mass evacuations. It also comes four months before Glendale hosts the Super Bowl, an event that ranks among presidential inaugurations and major political conventions for security precautions.

The drill will take place only in conference rooms, on plasma screens, over telephones and radios and in the imaginations of the thousands of participants. Officials will be reacting to three simultaneous, simulated "dirty bomb" explosions. A dirty bomb uses conventional explosives to spew radioactive waste over a large area.

As you may recall, Captain May prevented a nuclear attack on Portland only last month. Help us, Captain May!