Bioterrorism/Disaster Education and Awareness Month

9718594_100x100This post will provide background on biologic weapons, awareness training, common-sense procedures to follow during an incident, as well as resources links. For an in-depth look at “The History of Bioterrorism” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a 26 minute video.

Background: Bioterrorism

The psychological impact of a mere threat of bioterrorism can be very serious because biological agents are contagious and can spread out of control. Remember the severe impact a handful of anthrax cases had on an entire nation in 2001?

More recently, Ricin tainted mail has been detected in mail addressed to President Obama, several U.S. Senators and a Judge in Mississippi. These scares illustrates that terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) achieve of their results via psychological intimidation.

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Bioterrorism Awareness Training

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Handbook 472 provides minimum levels of competence required by responders to emergencies involving hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

NFPA 472 applies to

  • Awareness Level Personnel
  • Operations Level Responders
  • Incident Commanders
  • Hazardous Materials Technicians
  • Hazardous Materials Officers
  • Hazardous Materials Safety Officers
  • Other specialist employees

Personnel trained to the awareness level are able to understand:

  • What constitutes a weapon of mass destruction
  • Hazards associated with an event involving these devices
  • Possible impact associated with an emergency that involves a WMD and the related hazards
  • Key actions to minimize casualties and provide support to responding emergency agencies
  • The role of their actions as an awareness level first responder, including the importance of the emergency action plan, evacuation drills and employee training

Additionally, trained personnel can:

  • Identity the signs of WMD use
  • Recognize the need for additional resources and make the appropriate notifications to emergency response agencies
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the terrorist threat, crisis management, and security risk assessment

Common-sense Procedures

 Recognize possible problems

 Initiate the proper response

 Notify emergency authorities

Video: “The History of Bioterrorism” (26 minutes)


More Resources

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Related Course:

WMD Protection Protocols and Characteristics of Biological Weapons

Posted in Homeland Security at June 17th, 2015. .

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