by Ethan A. Huff, Natural News:
As the Ebola outbreak rages on, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is entering the second year of a massive pandemic training exercise that has been taking place in New York City and northern New Jersey since last summer. Though the general sentiment is still that Ebola doesn’t represent much of a threat to Americans, the federal government is actively preparing for a situation in which a disease like it rapidly sweeps the nation, causing widespread panic and death.
Entitled “2013-14 Pandemic Influenza Continuity Exercise Strategy,” the FEMA drill is designed to simulate what would occur in the event that a highly virulent disease strain starts spreading from person to person in pockets all across the U.S. Using U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicators, FEMA is assuming that the clinical attack rate of the disease is 30 percent or higher, which would include Ebola.
In the drill’s overview, FEMA presents a training schedule that warns about every level of industry and government being affected by the disease. Economists, epidemiologists and various other experts, it says, predict the “effects of a modern-day pandemic will be seen in every industry and government agency at local, regional, national and international levels.”