Preparing for a bioterrorism attack

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- It takes a community to help the community. That's the idea behind mock bio-terrorist attack on Saturday.

According to Dr. Bob England with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, it's the only way to hand out medication to a large group of patients in a timely manner.

The drill was held at one of the schools inside the Paradise Valley School District -- a location that's been designated in case a real attack happens. 

More than 200 volunteers were called at around 6 a.m. Saturday and told to set up.

Cars filled with patients pretending to be exposed to Anthrax, started filing in about an hour later. 

Patients gave their symptoms to the volunteers and were handed medication and instructions.

While Dr. England said there was no specific threat linked to Saturday's simulation, officials will be able to use this mock drill and work out any kinks just in case the real thing happens.