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Monmouth-Ocean County Dental Society
April 12, 2005
Response to explosives and chemical exposures
“The US shall renounce the use of lethal biological agents and weapons, and all other methods of biological warfare. The US will confine its biological research to defensive measures. The human race already carries in its hands too many of the seeds of its own destruction.”
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• Difficult to detect release
• Symptoms occur days or weeks later
• Some have secondary spread
• Use can cause panic
• Users able to protect selves
• Users can escape before effect
• Active research was undertaken to engineer more virulent strains
What to do when you observe, diagnose or suspect a threat to the public’s health, whether natural or man-made.
Local Health Officer is informed of a BT incident or threat.
Notify local law enforcement.
Notify and involve State DOH and other response partners, per a pre-established notification list.
State DOH notifies CDC.
CDC. Sept. 30, 2004
Local Health Officer suspects that cases of illness may be due to a BT incident.
Inform and involve state DOH.
DOH notifies CDC.
Is BT incident confirmed or thought to be probable?
Notify other pre-determinedresponse partners.
CDC. Sept. 30, 2004
2. Create an emergency communications plan. Be sure to include your out-of-town contact to check on each other if local telephones are jammed or out of service.
3. Assemble disaster supplies kits, in easy-to-carry containers, for home, for work and your car. Include a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit and book, flashlights, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, fire extinguisher, tools, prescription medications, copies of important documents, duct tape, plastic sheeting, and towels to seal door cracks.
4. Learn basic first aid and CPR. The American Red Cross provides training.
5. Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activities to local authorities.
6. Know where the emergency exits, staircases, and fire extinguishers are at home, at the office or when traveling, and practice emergency evacuation procedures.
7. Check on the school and day care emergency plans for your school-age children.
8. Learn what to do if asked by officials to “Shelter in Place” (remain indoors or in your car) or to “Evacuate” (leave the hazard area).
9. Be prepared to do without services you normally depend on, such as electricity, telephone, natural gas, gasoline pumps, ATM machines, and Internet transactions.
10. If there is an attack or strong warnings of an attack, remain calm and follow the advice of local emergency officials. Listen to the radio or television for news and instructions.
New Jersey Preparedness Training Consortium
Continuing Education for New Jersey’s Healthcare Professionals
185 S. Orange Ave
Newark, NJ 07101-1709
Teri E. Lassiter, MPHUMDNJ-NJDSOffice of Infection Control and Environmental SafetyPhone: 973-972-3635FAX: 973-972-8736E-mail: [email protected]