On Tuesday, May 13, the U.S. Postal Service will conduct a practice evacuation drill at the Abilene Processing & Distribution Center, located at 1020 E. Interstate 20, in Abilene.
This practice drill is being conducted to allow the USPS Emergency Management Team (EMT) to gauge the effectiveness of the processes that are currently in place to handle a hazardous materials emergency.
To further gauge efficiency, the local fire and rescue units, and other emergency responders, will participate in the drill as well. This drill will be conducted at the Abilene Mail Processing Plant alone — no customers in the Abilene area will be affected.
This advisory is being issued to alleviate any erroneous reports of an actual emergency situation at the facility on this date. The exercise is only a drill, which will last approximately one hour. Security measures will be enacted to mirror an actual emergency, thus allowing the Postal Service to adequately measure the level of preparedness.