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WMD TerrorismScience and Policy Choices$
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Stephen M. Maurer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012980

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012980.001.0001

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Public Health Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Weapons

Public Health Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Weapons

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(p.304) (p.305) 11 Public Health Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Weapons
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WMD Terrorism
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Lois M. Davis

Jeanne S. Ringel

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012980.003.0011

This chapter examines whether the US is prepared to effectively respond to terrorism and other public health threats. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 11.1 reviews federal efforts to define WMD threats and priorities. Section 11.2 looks at the current national response framework for a coordinated response in four functional areas. Section 11.3 considers the issues in implementing this framework at the state and local levels, with a focus on coordination issues. Section 11.4 assesses the current state of public health preparedness. Federal investments since September 11 have increased the country’s ability to respond to public health emergencies. For example, the influx of bioterrorism funding for expanded laboratory, surveillance, planning, and communication capabilities has served to improve public health preparedness generally. However, the absence of standardized metrics makes it hard to know the current state of preparedness and what remains to be done.

Keywords:   disaster preparedness, terrorist attack, terrorism, public health threats, civil defense, national security, defense policy

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