Skip to comments.President Obama puts the Postal Service in charge of dispensing bio-terror drugs
Posted on 12/30/2009 8:36:10 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
WASHINGTON - If the nation ever faces a large-scale attack by a biological weapon like anthrax, the U.S. Postal Service will be in charge of delivering whatever drugs and other medical aid Americans would need to survive.
In an executive order released Wednesday, President Barack Obama put the Postal Service in charge of dispensing "medical countermeasures" to biological weapons because of its "capacity for rapid residential delivery."
While most likely unrelated, the release of the executive order comes less than a week after a man with alleged ties to al-Qaida tried to bring down a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner. In recent days, Obama has sought to assure the public that his administration is doing what it can to protect the nation from terrorist attacks.
Under the new order, federal agencies must develop a response plan that includes possible law enforcement escorts for Postal Service workers and gives anthrax "primary threat consideration."
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...But no drugs will be delivered on Sundays...
Not FedEx or UPS? How about AMTRAK?
This is weird, and... the USPS responsible for something... not sure, uh... ahh... well, just WTF!!!???
They do a damn good job of putting package pick up cards in my mailbox...INSTEAD OF WALKING UP TO MY FRONT DOOR AND RINGING MY BELL!!!!!!!!
Lazy isn’t even close to what most of them are.
Unbelievable. Handing this responsibility to the USPS is like giving a map to Stevie Womder.
How about telling us what we need to have on hand and we’ll get it ourselves? Otherwise, we have to wait until it’s delivered after an attack?
How do mail carriers feel about becoming targets?
Why not pre-place them in locked areas of major hospitals.
The real problem here is not that the USPS would (or would not) deliver the vaccine. The real underlying problem is that the idiot Obama thought that news that the Postal Service would deliver it would reassure us!
Let me tell you the mailbox theft will be massive if that occurs. I unfortunately believe there will be so many people stealing from others’ mailboxes. I’m not necessarily talking neighbors doing it to other neighbors (the less they know their neighbors, the more likely it’d happen) but just strangers driving down streets and taking them from mailboxes.
They stopped Sunday special delivery in 1885 so I hear.
Was just about to say that as well...you know there is going to be negotiations about this. BIG Targets.
HA...they’ll be hoarding the drugs themselves....wanta bet!
You can’t buy the stuff they’d dispense because it’s something you need prescriptions for, otherwise. You can’t normally get it without prescription.
And yes, that does suck for those of us who want to make up emergency preparedness kits.
Everybody would be holed up in their duct taped room. Will your mailman be dressed in a biosuit? Maybe a good reason to get the kind of mailbox that requires the owner to unlock it to retrieve his mail.
Oh Great!! src/
My drug delivery will be sitting in my mailman’s car trunk for about a mouth before he drops it off in a dumpster behind his favorite crack house.
These clowns lost my paycheck last month - said it was undeliverable. Only been at this address for 22 years!
Fortunately was returned to my employer and was able to get it!
I have no problem with this. UPS and Fed Ex regularly cannot find my rural home. USPS finds it every day.
The USPS delivers mail to every street address on a near daily basis. The private carriers don’t, nor do they have carriers who walk routes and who often know the residents living on their routes quite well.
People like to complain about the bankrupt USPS, but their problems are entirely caused by congressional micro management in regards to unionization and forced payments to prepay their excessive medical and retirement plans (so congress can raid that piggy bank).
or after 4 on weekdays
“They do a damn good job of putting package pick up cards in my mailbox...INSTEAD OF WALKING UP TO MY FRONT DOOR AND RINGING MY BELL!!!!!!!!
Lazy isnt even close to what most of them are.”
When I read your post I had to click on your name to see if you lived in my neighborhood, lol! That’s just exactly what our postmen do as well, it just burns me up because then I have to go stand in line at the post-office while the passive-aggersive postal workers mosey around to wait on other hapless souls who had the nerve to order a package that needs delivering. I am home most of the time during the week so I know these postal workers do not bother to knock on my door.
Does that mean my neighbor will get my drugs and I will get hers? Or does it mean it will be dropped in the snow and left there? Or does it mean I will get the drugs long after the need for them? Not that I would trust or use anything the gubmint would distribute anyway.
And Next Day Delivery isn’t guaranteed to be next day...
Pull down your mail box, and we will be glad to discontinue your mail service.
Will Barry be emailing out our tracking numbers?
Unless it is sent via ExpressMail. Guess what the junior Part Time Flex was doing Christmas morning....spreading joy via ExpressMail.
This actually makes sense.
Who else would you have deliver, door-to-door, cipro or other antibiotics, on a massive basis? And not just leave it in the box, but a ding-dong face-to-face with a little flyer and personal encouragement, take the pills or get Q fever.
The idea has been around for a while, but was not implemented. It’s being done under Obama but was actually talked about during Bush I.
Sure FedEx and UPS deliver packages, but not to everyone in Chicago over a three-day period. The Postal guy fills my box with flyers from everyone from Alpha Beta to Pep Boys every day, and sometimes free samples of deodorant or cookies. Cipro or Erythro would fit right in this model.
Most people would not go to a hospital to pick up their free pills, unless they already have symptoms, in which case they might as well fill out their own toe-tags.
Some day, someone is going to unload a half-kilo of anthrax or similar, and if we don’t have a plan in place ready to go when BioWatch confirms a positive, the casualties will be astounding.
Can anyone think of a better way to deliver pharmaceuticals to an entire city in the shortest time?
Fedex will fly it there. They already carry the priority mail. Then you’re on your own. I’ll bet Fedex could get it to your house faster.
Aw...too bad. Next Day Delivery is a product of United Parcel Service, AKA UPS. Money back guaranteed with USPS. Unless you get to the window clerk before the last flight out of the nearest airport; that being the case, ship Priority Mail.
We are SO screwed....
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
Doesn’t say anything about bioterror.
Barry, have an extra large glass of STFU and go play golf.
Better them than Napolitano’s crew!
Sometimes I think this is my mailman.
Oh Great! Everyone in our town will already be dead before our pony express gets around to delivery.
....the same people who can’t get a letter to the other side of town in 10 days or less are now in charge of watching for bioterror threats?
Anyway, who needs gov drugs? Is this how socialized healthcare will work? How will they know what dosages they should mail to each household? How will we be billed? Will the gov take the money out of our bank accounts?
BioWatch determines that a large load of anthrax spores has been released in, pick a section of a city.
Everyone likely to have been in the plume needs four high doses of ciprofloxen, now, or the casualty count will be in the millions. This is the problem they are trying to solve, not government health care, socialized medicine or like that. A response to a bioterror attack. We must have a plan. It does not matter who is president, we must have the tools in place to protect large segments of the population. Part of this is dosing the population with prophylactic doses of pharmaceuticals. People have been planning the response to a bioterror attack for decades now.
UPS and FedEx are simply not equipped to deliver a package to every address- they deliver all over, but not a hundred thousand in a week to one zip code. USPS actually does this daily in urban areas, I live in one and they deliver junk mail all the time. If the private parcel companies could deliver junk mail cheaper they would. Instead of junk mail, USPS will deliver antibiotics. It will not be a normal mail situation, it will be a wartime activation.
In this implementation they will knock on every door, even the apartments where the residents have a box at the PO.
I don’t know how it will be paid for. This will be a response to an act of war.
If you, right now, got a robocall that said there had been a tularemia attack (or Q fever or brucellosis or anthrax) in your neighborhood and you had better get cipro or some other antibiotic right away or die, what would you do? Call your doctor for an appointment/prescription then go to the drug store? Imagine the waiting line!
In this plan, there will be massive radio/TV/Cable/Newspaper alerts and a guy at your door with stuff that can save your life (you can of course flush it down the crapper, your choice).
The Amerithrax cases after 9/11 involved possibly two grams of anthrax spores total- it’s potent stuff we have been worried about since 1941. Imagine a kilogram release, look up Sverdlovsk anthrax and see how many died.
Will I get overtime for this?
They are all easily obtainable from overseas pharmacies.
USPS who delivers letters laced with biological anthrax now given exclusive top security clerance and will be in charge of delivering the medical aid to thwart it. Disclaimer: The government can not be held responsible for the order in which they are delivered.
I'm beyond speechless!
In an executive order released Wednesday, President Barack Obama put the Postal Service in charge of dispensing “medical countermeasures” to biological weapons because of its “capacity for rapid residential delivery.”
But seriously, what is up with this executive order? Why this? Why now? More inefficiencies in central planning?
Why not - after all, the IRS is going to be in charge of healthcare. This way, healthcare will be denied by the tax agency, and lifesaving drugs won’t be delivered by the USPS. Both agencies have been practicing these roles for years - they’re already experts.
My experience is EXACTLY the opposite. USPS is worthless.
This has to be a joke from The Onion or Mad Magazine.
He can’t be serious.
Incompetano. Her name is Incompetano.
I think she may soon be examining the undercarriage of a bus.
What makes you or anyone think that a postal worker is going to willingly go out and about with a bioterror attack in effect OR pending OR possibly pending?
It’s gotta be a joke.