Emergency Response Exercise to be Conducted

For Immediate Release: June 17, 2016

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

            (Boston) – On Tuesday, June 21, 2016 between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Boston University (BU) will conduct a full- scale emergency response simulation at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) located at 620 Albany Street. This exercise is part of the NEIDL’s ongoing safety and training program for laboratory personnel and internal and external response officials.

This drill will simulate an emergency response to a medical incident involving a NEIDL staff member and transport from the NEIDL to the hospital. The participants in this exercise include: NEIDL operations staff and researchers, BU Public Safety, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and EasCare Ambulance services.

While the simulation should 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.

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