Hazardous Material Mock Disaster for Hampden Responders 

First responders joined local post-office employees in a full-scale emergency readiness drill in Hampden, Tuesday afternoon.

The mock disaster was designed to prepare participants for a situation where potentially dangerous materials, like a mysterious packages or substance, is discovered in the mail.

Officials from the US Postal Service, health care providers, and local police agencies gathered at the Eastern Maine Mail Processing and Distribution Facility, along Route 202.

Organizers say the drill is designed to prepare postal themĀ for a real-life evacuation and decontamination process.

“It is really important so that we are always prepared. We work with a lot of different government agencies and having our employees know exactly what is going to happen in case there is something that does occur is really key to making sure that they are always safe,” said Melissa Lohnes, who worked for the USPS out of Boston.

Organizers are confident the postal workers and first responders gained a better understanding of how to deal with hazardous material.