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Accession Number ADA592823
Title Building Civilian-Military Collaboration to Enhance Response Following an Anthrax Release.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 38p
Personal Author J. L. Robison
Abstract In the event of a large-scale bioterrorist incident, essential public health capabilities could be significantly overwhelmed, necessitating assistance from the Department of Defense (DoD) to decrease civilian morbidity and mortality. The unique rapid deployability of military personnel can provide the readily available logistical support, medical expertise, and manpower needed to augment local and state resources. Despite enhanced funding to the public health sector's preparedness mission since 9/11 and the 2001 anthrax attacks, significant concerns persist regarding their response capabilities to a catastrophic event like an anthrax attack. This paper provides basic information to civilian health and emergency response agencies regarding potential local DoD, National Guard, and federal DoD resources available in the event of a deliberate release of aerosolized anthrax. Additionally, the paper suggests steps to develop collaborative civilian-military relationships and coalitions. By enhancing these alliances, the response to a catastrophic event, including the timely and sustainable dispensing of medical countermeasures, can be improved and the preparedness of the Nation strengthened.
Keywords Anthrax
Anthrax attack
Cbrne incidents
Civilian-military relations
Defense cbrne response force
Defense support of civil authorities
Department of defense
Disaster preparedness
Homeland defense
Interagency coordination
Local government
Local public health departments
Logistics support
Medical countermeasures
Medical personnel
Military assistance
Military personnel
National guard
Public health
State government
State public health departments

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
74 - Military Sciences
91I - Emergency Services & Planning
74D - Chemical, Biological, & Radiological Warfare
Corporate Author Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1412
Contract Number N/A

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