Army assists with anthrax testing
WASHINGTON D.CThe Salvation Army was called into action by the District of Columbia Emergency Management Agency to assist in the coordination of a massive anthrax testing program at DC General hospital.
The hospital was selected as the main location for testing local citizens, such as postal employees, hospital personnel, safety and security people, and health and human services officials who may have been exposed to the deadly bacteria.
Due to the long lines, volume of citizens, and waiting times at other testing facilities, local government officials asked the Army to provide temporary canteen services similar to the ones set up at the Pentagon for rescue workers. Hot and cold beverages, snacks, and sandwiches are being provided anyone who must be at the hospital for testing.
In the first five hours of operation, more than 700 people were served at The Salvation Army’s two mobile feeding units.