DRILL PLANNED: Polk County Practices Decontamination
Don’t be alarmed if you see a lot of people in HAZMAT suits on Thursday, the Polk County Health Department has a decontamination exercise planned.
The department is working with other Des Moines agencies, such as the fire and police department, to stage a full-scale drill focused on decontamination procedures, which would need to be used in the event of bio-terrorism or an industrial accident.
During the exercise streets will be closed, equipment and vehicles will be in place, and a potential crime scene will be sectioned off. Officials are asking for the public’s cooperation to keep away from the area of Illinois Street.