Hospital staff planning emergency disaster drills

With the Prudential building in Newark mentioned as a potential terror target, officials at New Jersey area hospitals are implementing disaster relief plans and reviewing security measures.

Doctors at University Hospital in Newark say the latest terror threat is a reminder of how important their jobs are, and they say if the threat should become a reality they are ready. The hospital is also re-examining and updating existing plans. In one Hoboken hospital a disaster drill was held Monday morning.

A spokesman for St. Mary's in Hoboken says the hospital is well prepared. They have decontamination tents and hazmat suits at the ready. Hospital administrators are also taking the question of security very seriously. They have stepped up reviews on all deliveries as well as initiating tighter checks on visitors coming into the hospital.

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