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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 11/10/2011

State Department evacuation drill is a fair-weather friend

The State Department might send its workers into some of the most dangerous of war zones and the most difficult of environments. But the agency showed a surprising deference to the comfort of its employees
Raindrops won’t fall on State Department heads. (Matt McClain - The Washington Post)
and the dryness their fine loafers today, when it scheduled an emergency drill — but added the all-important caveat: weather permitting.

Subscribers to the D.C. government’s Alert DC system, which sends text notices of emergencies and other happenings, got a message today that the State Department would hold an evacuation drill in which employees working in the Truman building headquarters would disperse throughout the Foggy Bottom neighborhood and meet at pre-arranged spots.

Sounds like a prudence exercise, of course, though it really would be very hard on those whose hair frizzes during rain.

Good thing it only would proceed if weather allowed. Real emergencies, however, never seem to have the good sense to hold off in inclement weather.

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