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NCJ Number: 193182 Find in a Library
Title: Local Government Preparation for Bioterrorist Acts
Corporate Author: Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI)
United States of America
Date Published: September 27, 2001
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI)
Fairfax, VA 22030
Sale Source: Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI)
11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 210
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article identifies some basic actions local governments can take to address the risk of biological terrorism and provides links to resources that provide additional information.
Abstract: One of the most crucial actions a local government can take to prepare for a possible bioterrorist attack is to be certain that the local public health department and health care community have the resources and knowledge to quickly identify and coordinate medical response to an infectious disease outbreak. Other actions that local governments might take to plan for and respond to terrorist events include: (1) strengthen information and communications technology; (2) strengthen working relationships; (3) educate the health care and emergency response community about identification of bioterrorist attacks and agents, medical treatment and prophylaxis for possible biological agents, and State and Federal requirements and assistance; (4) maintain locally accessible quantities of medications, vaccines, and other supplies; (5) address health care worker safety issues; and (6) develop, maintain, and practice an infectious diseases emergency response plan. Unusual diseases or disease clusters in animals or plants should also be evaluated and addressed. The article includes an introduction to the Public Entity Risk Institute Symposium, Community Response to the Threat of Terrorism.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Biological weapons; Civil defense; Communicable diseases; Diseases; Domestic Preparedness; Emergency procedures; Local government; Medical Readiness; Terrorist weapons
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