Thanks for posting. I know the exits off the island you are talking about. My husband was a Vice-Pres. of American National Insurance, worked for them 30 years. Yes, that Am. Natl. building is the tall one in Galveston. I was in and around Galveston many years. For a number of months I worked for a doctor at UTMB doing research for a psychological test that was being developed for children with ADD.
I didn't know the building you are talking about would withstand a 5 hurricane. I did know there was flooding in those UTMB buildings from Ike. Perhaps the bldg. you are talking about was somehow built to prevent its flooding.
I was thinking the bldg. could get damaged and have those deadly mixtures in them from a hurricane so it was bad to have them in Galveston. I see where you are coming from to have a strong building and put the deadly stuff on that island so the island could be quarantined.
The article said UTMB people think the vial was thrown away, but you are doubting that. Since you worked there, you should know how possible that is and you don't think it was thrown away. Add to that Galveston is a port city with ships in and out. Bring bad guys in and they get off the ship and they are here.
Well, heck, I was going to stop thinking about that missing vial but, due to you, I can't. I wonder if we would be notified if they did find out it was stolen. I would bet the govn. wouldn't tell us.
They have closed ranks on this and we will probably not get much info from UTMB. Watch for "resignation" announcements and for new hires in that area. The city of Galveston will keep it quiet because bad PR can hurt their tourist season (come on down kiddies and play with the rats that glow in the dark!),
The building, to address the possibility of flooding is elevated several feet, you have to climb stairs to enter the building. If there is a basement I'm sure they learned from the flood at the Med Center in Houston and are not storing experimental items there. I'm not so worried about the workers coming in on the freighters as I am the students and medical personnel from other countries who have badges and can access these labs. Some BSL-1 & 2 labs are housed other places on campus and are less secure.