Hazmat, police and the fire department were all called to the main Des Moines post office on Second Avenue Thursday – but it was all for training purposes.
The drill was held to allow first responders to practice what to do in the event of a bioterrorism attack or industrial contamination event.
Officials sounded the alarm and the first order of business was to get the employees contained. Then all workers’ badges are scanned to find out who’s accounted for.
“Any mail that goes down the highway that’s left the building in last 30 minutes would be contained, turned around. The police department as our partner in responding, would track down that truck and have it turn around and come back to the facility,” says Jan Dorsey with the U.S. Postal Service.
Responders also practiced how to decontaminate employees exposed to chemicals.