Bioterror Medicine: County Hones Response to Simulated Attack

first_imgWhile empty boxes of medication were handed out during the drill, Papi explained that if a natural disaster or terrorist attack occurred, first responders would be allowed to dispense drugs in their own households to keep them safe and ready to help the public. During the drill, the county also simulated distribution of single doses of medication to health personnel working at the county administration building and at the public health clinics in New Brunswick. Two years ago the department took part in a massive anti-terrorism drill, dubbed Top Off. In 2006, the department teamed up with the U.S. Postal Service to test its response to a simulated anthrax attack. This protection will afford us the opportunity to continue to deliver the needed emergency services to our residents, Pulomena said. We ve learned the importance of being prepared. The drill tested the county s plans for the bulk distribution of medication to thousands of first responders. Under yesterday s scenario, terrorists unleashed anthrax in the area and antibiotics had to be dispensed to 6,000 first responders and their families, said David Papi, the county public health director. What we learned today will be put to the test again, Freeholder Director David Crabiel said. We will strive to continue to refine and test our plans so that we can be better prepared for tomorrow. Diane C. Walsh may be reached at [email protected] or (732) 404-8087. This program protects them so they can protect all of us, said Freeholder Christopher Rafano.center_img Freeholder John Pulomena, who oversees the health department, said the drill capped months of preparation and planning by county and local officials. Papi said the county administration building and a site in South Plainfield served as the bulk distribution points. He said his department had previously surveyed the county s 25 towns and determined 23,000 doses were necessary to safeguard all the first responders and their households. The latest exercise was staged early yesterday in New Brunswick and South Plainfield for first responders — the police, fire, health and emergency service personnel who would be the first on scene in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. NEWARK, N.J.– Middlesex County (N.J.) Public Health Department officials are big believers in being prepared.last_img read more

Flexible workspace could be a useful weapon for British Land

first_imgJP Morgan has bought office space at Dublin’s Capital Dock campus to give it “flexibility within the European Union”.The US bank awkwardly managed to avoid the B-word, saying instead that the “new building gives us room to grow and some flexibility within the European Union”.If tenant demand does take a dive, British Land’s flexible workspace brand could prove a useful weapon in its armoury in the battle to attract occupiers – and something others might seek to emulate. However, getting the execution right is all important. British Land will be competing with specialists who have been in the market for years. That will be no easy task. Land Securities launched a serviced office brand called Landflex in the early 2000s offering flexible lease terms, as well as on-site services such as catering and business support. It didn’t last, not because it was a bad idea, but rather because it was “too far ahead of its time”, according to one veteran of the serviced office sector.Fast-forward to today and British Land is getting in on the act – with plans to launch a branded flexible workspace offer. Given the remarkable growth of the serviced office sector in recent years, it is surprising that it has taken so long for a traditional property company to resurrect Land Securities’ idea.That’s not to say the potential of the sector has gone unnoticed. Others have sought to capitalise in different ways. For example, Brockton Capital is looking to invest £100m to grow new entrant Fora over the coming years and Derwent London has a profit sharing agreement with The Office Group at its 2 Stephen Street scheme.Cut out the middle manHowever, there’s a lot to be said for British Land’s approach. Rather than letting space to a serviced office provider and watching them benefit from the growing demand for flexible space, it allows British Land to cut out the middle man.The company can expect to earn a rental premium and establish relationships with small companies that could turn into the big companies of tomorrow and become large, long-term tenants.Having its own brand also gives British Land the opportunity to control how the flexible space in one of its schemes fits in with the rest of the development in a way that would be impossible with a third-party operator. Creating its own flexible workspace offering will allow British Land to cut out ‘specialist’ operatorsFurthermore, with the outlook for the occupier market in the London office market looking increasingly uncertain, the timing of the launch could turn out to be fortuitous. There are already signs of weakness in the London market, particularly the City, where CBRE recently estimated that typical rent-free periods stood at 21 to 24 months in the first quarter.It looks likely that the market will swing further in favour of tenants as the year progresses. Deloitte Real Estate is forecasting that more London office development will complete this year than at any time since 2003. Much of this new space is pre-let, but even so, it’s hard to see vacancy rates doing anything but rise.This week’s announcement from JP Morgan of its purchase of an office building at Dublin’s Capital Dock campus with room for 1,000 staff – 500 more than it currently has in the Irish capital – is also a reminder that Brexit remains a threat.last_img read more

Hurricane Watch to be issued for Dominica

first_img Share LocalNews Hurricane Watch to be issued for Dominica by: – July 6, 2018 Share Share 391 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet The Dominica Meteorological Service will issue a Hurricane Watch for Dominica at 5:00PM, today 6 July 2018, as Hurricane Beryl has gained strength but remained a category 1 at 11AM.A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours.At 11am, Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.7 degrees north and longitude 46.5 degrees west or about 913 miles east south-east of Dominica. Beryl is moving west at 15 mph (24km/h) with maximum sustained winds are near 80mph or 130km/h. On the forecast track, the center of Hurricane Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday.Residents in Dominica are advised to monitor the system as some strengthening is expected and a Hurricane Watch could be issued for the island later today. Regardless of intensity, a deterioration in weather conditions is expected across Dominica by Saturday night, increasing to widespread moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorm and gusty winds to hurricane force by Sunday afternoon into Monday. Rough to dangerously high seas are expected to begin affecting Dominica by Sunday night through to Monday. All users of the sea are advised to take all necessary precautions to protect life and property. Current rainfall amount expected for Dominica is between 6 to 12 inches (150 to 300mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas.Mariners and other users of the sea should remain extremely cautious and make all necessary preparation to protect property and should return to port by early Sunday. A High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning will be in effect from 6am Sunday July 8, 2018.People in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be extremely vigilant and to exercise extreme caution as life threatening flash flooding is possible from Sunday night. A FLOOD WARNING will be in effect for Dominica from 12 noon Sunday July 8 to 2:00pm Monday July 9, 2018.The next update on Hurricane Beryl will be issued by the Meteorological Service at 2:00pm.last_img read more

Jerry Jones speaks at leadership mixer

first_img Share RelatedExperts teach Junior Leaders about safetyThis year’s Laguna Madre Junior Leadership class attended their Emergency Preparedness Retreat this past week. The class learned about and visited facilities relating to fire rescue, hurricane preparation, emergency coordination and protection. Places attended included: the City of South Padre Island Fire Department, SPI Visitor’s Center (Chamber of Commerce) and…December 26, 2013In “News”Laguna Madre leaders share goals and expectationsBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] January 8, 2015 It’s common for people to embrace a New Year with ambitious goals and big expectations, not only for themselves, but for many, for those around them they have chosen to lead. Those dedicated to serving and representing the Laguna Madre…January 9, 2015In “News”Viva Laguna Madre Casino Night slated SaturdaySpecial to the Parade Leadership Laguna Madre Class XVII presents Viva Laguna Madre Casino Night on Feb. 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Isla Grand Beach Resort, 500 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island. The event features a Las Vegas inspired night, buffet dinner, cash bar, music and dancing,…February 14, 2013In “South Padre Parade” Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, was a surprise speaker at the Leadership Laguna Madre Mixer on Tuesday, Aug. 2. (Staff photo by Scarlet O’Rourke) By SCARLET O’ROURKEStaff [email protected] South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce hosted a mixer on the Island to kick off the 16 Leader­ship Laguna Madre (LLM) class on Tuesday, Aug. 2.Members from the com­munity, both seasoned and new, came to learn about LLM, a class that spans over a nine month period to train a future set of lead­ers, or to simply familiarize locals with the things that make Laguna Madre func­tion, according to leaders in the program.According to a handout by LLM, “Using a nine month curriculum, the pro­gram will teach participants about major community is­sues and ways to find solu­tions to existing problems. During the course of the program, participants will make important contacts with other community lead­ers in areas such as govern­ment, industry, education, health, and commerce.”A surprise visit by Dal­las Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones was met with ap­plause as he shared his be­liefs of the need for leader­ship. To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Aug. 4 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.last_img read more