H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

May 3, 2013 1:23 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

County emergency response drill simulates anthrax exposure

Camp San Luis Obispo and cadets from the Grizzly Youth Academy worked with the SLO Public Health Department Thursday for a special emergency response drill.

The exercise gave County staff and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers a chance to practice their response to having a biological agent, like anthrax, released into the environment.

"I think the public should be, should feel safe knowing that we are are planning just like the large urban areas, just in case something like that were to occur," said Michelle Shoresman, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager.

Cadets were screened as if they were members of the public exposed to anthrax.

Nurses had to decide what kind of medication to give them and what the correct dosage would be.

Each cadet got either M&M's or Skittles to simulate the two medications used to treat anthrax exposure.

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