"I think there is no question that the events of 9/11 accelerated and focused our own preparatory efforts." --Gary Kaplan, M.D., chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle
"The drills really do help. Everyone knew where to go, everyone had something to do. It helps keep people calm." --Nelson Botwinick, M.D., of NYU Downtown, which held disaster drills six weeks before Sept. 11
"I asked myself, 'What makes a person this sick this fast?' Anthrax was one of three to five conditions. I went with anthrax first." --Larry Bush, M.D., on the first anthrax case last October at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla.