TPS holding 'food defense' drill today by: ANDREA EGER World Staff Writer Tuesday, November 08, 2011 11/8/2011 10:59:54 AM Tulsa Public Schools and local emergency responders will be conducting a "food defense" drill Tuesday.
Officials said evaluations of potential terrorist threats revealed that the school district's food production and distribution system could be vulnerable to attack from an individual or group wanting to cause public panic or harm to children and their families through the intentional contamination of food.
In addition to TPS officials, Tuesday's drill will involve the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency, the Tulsa Health Department, emergency response and law enforcement agencies and local healthcare providers.
"Our job is to evaluate potential threats to our schools, and there is always the possibility that schools could become a target," said Bob Roberts, emergency management coordinator for TPS. "It's important that we act proactively to prevent the tampering of foods that are used in schools. We need to be prepared for emergency situations, to respond quickly and effectively if a crisis occurs and to have recovery plans in place.
The practice exercise will test our battle readiness and ensure that we are in the best possible shape to act should an event occur."
The exercise will be a discussion-based drill based on a Department of Agriculture toolkit that will guide participants through a mock scenario of an intentional food contamination in the schools. Read More
A couple of things crossed my mind when I read this. First was about how things have changed over the years. We've gone from nuclear attack drills now to food defense drills. And the second thought I had was that this should remind everyone how important a home-grown food supply really is. The quickest way that our country could lose it's sovereignty is by relying on other countries to produce the food and fiber we depend on. So when we see anti-agriculture groups trying to regulate farmers and ranchers out of business in this country they are really damaging our country's ability to survive. -Troy