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NCJ Number: 201424 Find in a Library
Title: Section II--Organization and Coordination Issues (From Bioterrorism in the United States: Threat, Preparedness, and Response, P 151-203, 2000, Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, -- See NCJ-201421)
Corporate Author: Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute (CBACI)
United States of America
Project Director: Michael Moodie
Date Published: November 2000
Page Count: 53
Sponsoring Agency: Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute (CBACI)
Washington, DC 20009
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
Contract Number: 200-1999-00132
Sale Source: Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute (CBACI)
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview; Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper identifies and discusses the major issues involved in organizing and coordinating a national effort among a disparate group of responsible agencies and organizations at the Federal, State, and local levels to prepare and activate the public health and medical system in a response to a bioterrorism attack.
Abstract: The issues discussed are the nature and success of preparedness efforts of Federal, State, and local entities; the need to develop a strong partnership between the private and public sectors; and the structure and organization of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) bioterrorism preparedness and response program. Among the issues discussed regarding the nature and success of preparedness efforts of Federal, State, and local entities are the top down approach of Federal planning; issues of coordination; the Office of Emergency Preparedness; the clash of cultures (differing perspectives of public safety and public health occupations); the incident command system; the integration of the public health and medical communities; and the integration of State and Federal assets. In discussing the partnership between the private and public sectors, the paper considers the following general issues: developing a public and private dialog on issues of common concern, understanding differing motivations and perspectives, cooperatively defining roles and responsibilities, and addressing burden-sharing issues. A discussion of key industry sectors in the public-private partnership focuses on hospitals and medical care providers, the print and electronic media, the pharmaceutical and medical supply industry, and information technology and telecommunication. The paper concludes with a discussion of the features of CDC's Office of Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program (BPRP). This includes a delineation of issues that pertain to the BPRP's and the CDC's current strategy for building bioterrorism preparedness, their internal organization and structure, and how each of these has influenced the current state of preparedness. Recommendations and possible next steps are proposed.
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Biological weapons; Centers for Disease Control (CDC); Counter-terrorism tactics; Counter-terrorism training; Emergency procedures; Interagency cooperation; Intergovernmental relations; Medical and dental services; Organization development; Private sector civic involvement; Private sector-government cooperation; Terrorist tactics; Terrorist weapons; Victim medical assistance
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