Emergency Response

The following references detail the development of methods to determine exposure to biological agents; provide first response information; and link to federal, state, and local contact information in the event of an emergency.

  • Biological and Chemical Terrorism: Strategic Plan for Preparedness and Response -- Recommendations of the CDC Strategic Planning Workgroup. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 49(RR04);1-14, (April 21, 2000). Outlines steps to improve public health and health-care response in the case of a biological/chemical attack.
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response: Preparation and Planning. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Includes national, state, and local-level strategies for preparation and planning for bioterrorist events.
  • Interim Bioterrorism Readiness Plan Suggestions. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC), Bioterrorism Working Group, (April 2002). Summarizes suggestions by APIC Bioterrorism Advisors, infection control practitioners (ICPs), members, and agency liaisons to facilitate preparation of bioterrorism readiness plans for individual and regional institutions.
  • Annas, George J. "Bioterrorism, Public Health, and Civil Liberties." New England Journal of Medicine 346.17(April 25, 2002): 1337-1342. Discusses possible government responses to bioterrorism and how they would affect public health policy/practice and civil liberties.
  • Hawley, Robert J., and Edward M. Eitzen, Jr. "Biological Weapons - A Primer for Microbiologists." Annual Review of Microbiology 55(October 2001): 235-253. Provides background on bioterrorism and discusses decontamination, protective measures and other key response issues.
  • Hospitals and Community Emergency Response - What You Need to Know. OSHA Publication 3152, (2008). Assists hospitals in preparing for response to an emergency. It presents legal requirements, preplanning and training recommendations, relevant standards and some additional resources.