Emergency drills help Suffolk prepare for the worst

Emergency Disaster Response teams are in the midst of a three-day, multi-site emergency response drill to test Suffolk Countys ability to respond to a major public health issue.

Officials say the drills are designed to prepare the response teams to handle more than 600 possible events, ranging from a group of passengers being stuck on the Long Island Rail Road to receiving a call from the White House.

A watchdog group recently released a report giving the federal and state health department failing grades in preparedness. Officials are hoping to use the drills to overcome communication gaps, provide adequate care for special needs groups like the elderly and fix a 911 system that overloads.

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