Emergency Response Exercise to be conducted at Boston University Medical Command Center

For Immediate Release: December 10, 2015

Contact: Tom Testa (617) 353-7628, ttesta@bu.edu

            (Boston) – On Thursday December 10, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boston University (BU) and the City of Boston will conduct a joint functional emergency response simulation involving the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL). This exercise is part of the NEIDL’s ongoing safety and training program for laboratory personnel and internal and external response officials.

This exercise will simulate an emergency response to a select agent being transported to the NEIDL. The participants in this exercise include NEIDL operations staff as well as representatives from Boston Emergency Medical Services, Boston Fire, Boston Police, and the Boston Public Health Commission.

While the exercise will have no affect or impact on neighborhood traffic, there may be a number of local emergency response vehicles parked at the NEIDL.

Following this exercise, all participants will convene to review and critique the response in order to continuously improve response and training.

BSL-4 research is not being conducted at the NEIDL now and will not commence until the completion of further regulatory approvals.