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Volunteers take part in bio-terrorism drill

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Volunteers drove in to receive mock medicine in the bioterrorism drill. (KTEN) Volunteers drove in to receive mock medicine in the bioterrorism drill. (KTEN)
Volunteers in the bio-terrorism drill received mock medications. (KTEN) Volunteers in the bio-terrorism drill received mock medications. (KTEN)
Drive-thru lanes were set up at the Ardmore Convention Center and three other locations for the bio-terrorism drill. (KTEN) Drive-thru lanes were set up at the Ardmore Convention Center and three other locations for the bio-terrorism drill. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Are you prepared for a worst-case scenario?

Some Texoma first responders tested their disaster plans Thursday in a bio-terrorism drill.

Agencies from three counties partnered to deal with a mock plague scenario. Volunteers lined up at drive-thru facilities as staffers handled paperwork and gave out empty pill bottles.

Their goal: To see how many people could be treated as quickly as possible.

"The best thing about training like this is that we can look back and say, 'You know what? We could have done something a little bit better, or maybe a little different,'" said Amber Marr, who directed one of the four distribution points in Ardmore, Healdton, Tishomingo and Marietta.

Officials tried to make this scenario as realistic as possible, acting as though the plague was infecting Texoma.

"They even had me do a kind of yelling of someone being non-compliant, and being, you know, emotionally distraught over the issue," volunteer Amy Hanus said.

The agencies involved in the drill said there's no way to fully prepare for the chaos that accompanies a natural disaster, but on Thursday -- in Carter, Love and Johnston counties -- first responders got real-life experience without real-life consequences.

"Any time we train, we get better," said Branch Deputy Ian O'Neal. "That's the whole purpose of this; we train, we get better."

Organizers said more than 100 volunteers participated in the drill.

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