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FEMA conducts pandemic training in NY, NJ


Talk about timing. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is currently in the middle of a two-year pandemic training exercise with New York City and northern New Jersey.

Titled "2013-14 Pandemic Influenza Continuity Exercise Strategy," the FEMA training simulates a global pandemic of influenza that spreads from person to person, including in the U.S.

The Obama administration, meanwhile, is under fire for its mishandling of the Ebola crisis, allowing infected people to enter the country and cause widespread panic and political turmoil as officials make claims and promises that turn out to be false.

The FEMA training began last year, before the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed nearly 5,000 people.

An overview of the training includes a list of assumptions such as that the "clinical disease attack rate will likely be 30 percent or higher in the overall population," utilizing a prediction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The FEMA overview, which includes a training schedule, warns that economists, epidemiologists and other experts predict the "effects of a modern-day pandemic will be seen in every industry and government agency at local, regional, national and international levels."

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