May 6, 2009

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — Emergency management officials are looking for a few hundred area residents and their cars to participate in a training drill to combat a possible virus or other widespread illness.

[efoods]On Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. volunteers will be asked to drive through a check-point at the township municipal complex at Scotch Road and Washington Crossing Pennington Titusville Road.

Motorists and their passengers who participate will be directed to a “safe” area where medical personal will ask them a few questions, provide mock vaccinations or medications, and wave them through upon completion.

In return for their cooperation, motorists will receive coupons and be entered into a drawing for prizes for gift cards and certificates from local businesses.

Mercer County officials say there is no connection between this drill and the spread of Influenza A H1N1, more commonly known as swine flu. They said that virus came along after they began planning for this practice event.

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