Emergency Preparedness Program
Checklists and Forms
- Investigation of Air-dispersed Pulmonary Agents
- Among other things this form has a nice cross reference chart for connecting symptoms to agents.
- Patient Handling Precautions for BT agents, Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
- A good form to share with the hospitals and emergency care clinics in your district/county.
Clinical Laboratories Information
- Basic Laboratory Protocols for the Presumptive Identification of Bacillus anthracis - CDC
- This information is designed to provide laboratories with techniques to identify microorganisms, in order to support clinicians in their diagnosis of potential diseases.
First Responder Information - WMD
- CDC Interim Recommendations
- The CDC's interim recommendations for firefighters and other first responders for the selection and use of protective clothing and respirators against biological agents. The information provided is based on current understanding of the potential threats and existing recommendations issued for biological aerosols.
- National Institute of Justice
- Guide for the Selection of Chemical Agent and Toxic Industrial Material Detection Equipment for Emergency First Responders
An Introduction to Biological Agent Detection Equipment for Emergency First Responders
Guide for the Selection of Chemical and Biological Decontamination Equipment for Emergency First Responders
Guide for the Selection of Personal Protective Equipment for Emergency First Responders
- U.S. Fire Administration
- To help America's First Responders cope with the Anthrax threat, the U.S. Fire Administration has posted Federal guidelines and other information resources about responding to bioterrorism.
- WMD First Responders
- A group of articles and other information on Biological weapons of mass destruction.
- CDC: Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response
- This website focuses on diseases of potential and actual terrorism. It contains current news and information.
- eMedicine: Infectious Diseases
- A list of articles on infectious diseases including many that are likely to be used for bioterrorism.
- Federation of American Scientists (FAS)
- A partial list of biological agents and some general facts about them.
- The many HATS of Highway Incident Management
- This video depicts the character and value of incident management systems for coordinating response to disasters. It is an excellent introduction to incident command in a manner that it humurous and educational.
- Individual Preparedness and Response to Chemical, Radiological, Nuclear, and Biological Terrorist Attacks
- This book suggests scenario-driven strategy that individuals can take to prepare and respond to terrorist attacks involving chemical, radiological, nuclear, and biological weapons. The full report includes the scenario analysis and background for why such a strategy is appropriate. Includes removable reference card that describes the main elements of the strategy.
- Individual Preparedness and Response to Chemical, Radiological, Nuclear, and Biological Terrorist Attacks: A Quick Guide
- This Quick Guide presents a strategy that individuals can use to prepare and respond to a variety of terrorist attacks. Learn what to do if chemical, radiological, nuclear, or biological weapons are used in your vicinity. Includes removable reference card that describes the main elements of the strategy.
- UCLA Department of Epidemiology
- A website that focuses on diseases of potential and actual terrorism, but from the perspective of public health epidemiologists.
Information for Health Care Providers
- Bioterrorism-Related Inhalation Anthrax: The First 10 Cases Reported in the United States
- This site describes the clinical presentation and course of the cases of bioterrorism-related inhalational anthrax identified from October 4 to November 2, 2001
- Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) - University of Minnesota
- The CIDRAP Web site offers current, in-depth clinical overviews and clinical pathways for the six Category A agents (produced in collaboration with the Infectious Diseases Society of America), breaking news stories, comprehensive and current lists of guidelines and articles in the literature with Web links, and planning materials related to bioterrorism-all in one spot. The site content also offers a balance of public health, medical, and public policy information. Site managers search many important Web sites every day-CDC, other academic-based public health preparedness centers, professional societies, and other federal, state, and local public health and emergency preparedness agencies-for the most current and relevant information.
- NATO Handbook on the Medical Aspects of NBC Defensive Operations Annex B: Clinical Data Sheets for Selected Biological Agents
- Provides clinical information to assist in the recognition, diagnosis, and management of diseases potentially associated with bioterrorism. Data sheets listed include:
- Clostridium perfringens
- Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever
- Q Fever
- Ricin Intoxication
- Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B
- NATO Handbook on the Medical Aspects of NBC Defensive Operations Annex D: Patient Management Charts
- Provides an algorithm for management of acutely ill febrile patients
- Elements of Effective Bioterrorism Preparedness
- This document, prepared by Michael Fraser, PH.D., and V. Scott Fisher, M.P.H., for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) , looks at preparedness for responding to a bioterrorism incident within the framework of the 10 Essential Public Health Services developed by NACCHO, ASTHO, APHA, and public health agencies within the USPHHS. Within each of the 10 essential services questions are posed to provide a start for planning and coordination for response.