Preparing for the Worst with a Mock Terrorism Attack

Florida county pits itself against terrorism and challenges of emergency communications

Agencies can learn from training elsewhere through a program run through the Department of Homeland Security, which sent a researcher to Friday's drill in DeBary.

By the time the exercises wrapped up at both Volusia sites shortly after 2:30 p.m., Mauney said they already had learned some lessons.

"We did identify some communication issues we need to work on," he said, adding there were other minor issues with getting out alerts and warnings. "Our big emphasis is to get these agencies to talk and work together. All disasters are local. It has to start here."

[Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) (KRT) -- 05/01/06]