Emergency Response Exercise to be Conducted November 10, 2016


Contact: Colin Riley (617) 353-5386, criley@bu.edu

 (Boston) – On Thursday, November 10, between 9 a.m.- noon Boston University (BU) will conduct an emergency response exercise at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) located at 620 Albany Street. This simulation is part of the NEIDL’s ongoing safety and training program for laboratory personnel and internal and external response officials.

This drill will simulate a response to an inventory discrepancy involving a select agent pathogen. The participants in this exercise include NEIDL operations staff and researchers, BU Public Safety, Boston Police Department, and the Boston Public Health Commission.

While the simulation should have no affect or impact on neighborhood traffic, there may be a number of local emergency response vehicles parked at or around the NEIDL’s perimeter.

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.