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This month's installment of the Library Corner focuses exclusively on resources NEHA's online bookstore offers on chemical and bioterrorism preparedness and response.

Chemical and Biological Terrorism Preparedness Manual

NEHA (2004, Revised with added resources)

NEHA's Chemical and Biological Terrorism Preparedness Manual is intended to assist environmental health and health care professionals, as well as other first responders, in preparing and responding to acts of chemical and biological terrorism. It can also be used as an education and resource handbook for professional development and field training in chemical and biological terrorism preparedness, readiness, response, and recovery. The pocket-sized manual includes descriptive tables and charts that provide technical information on chemical and biological agents and arsenals. General summary descriptions also are provided to facilitate quick agent identification: They cover symptoms and indicators, detection and dispersion methods, personal protective equipment, and decontamination procedures. Links to state, national, and federal bioterrorism programs are listed, in addition to environmental health information services, agencies, organizations, associations, reference guides, manuals, newsletters, and periodicals.

127 pages, softcover. Member: $20. Nonmember: $30. Catalog #1022.

Counter-Terrorism for Emergency Responders

Robert Burke (1999)

This book suggests that while chemical and biological terrorist attacks are in many ways like other types of hazardous materials incidents, they also involve special circumstances. With the information provided in the book, emergency response teams will be prepared to handle hazardous materials of all types and effectively deal with chemical and biological agents. Counter-Terrorism for Emergency Responders covers new-equipment technologies for dealing with a terrorist attack, includes first-response information on biological and chemical agents, and discusses the proper use of protective clothing, monitoring instruments, and decontamination.

368 pages, hardcover. Member: $69.95. Nonmember: $81.50. Catalog #1016.

Emergency Response to Chemical and Biological Agents

John R. Cashman (1999)

It has become increasingly important that emergency response teams be trained to handle incidents involving biological, and chemical agents. This publication serves as a training manual. It covers poisons such as nerve, blood, blister, and choking gases and biological agents such as anthrax, typhus, and cholera. Using examples taken from the headlines, the author explains what is and is not a terrorist act, and the difference that distinction makes in the handling of each incident. Emergency Response to Chemical and Biological Agents illustrates its points with case studies; discusses the safe handling and disposal of biological and chemical agents; explains the standard operations of hazardous materials teams before, during, and after an incident; and covers search-and-rescue procedures and explosive-ordinance disposal.

360 pages, hardcover. Member: $79.95. Nonmember: $93.50. Catalog #1015.

Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents

D. Hank Ellison (1999)

This book is formatted into a series of indices that facilitate rapid access to key information on chemical, biological, and toxin agents, with each index cross-referenced to all others. A wealth of data cover not only the physical appearance, odor, signs, and symptoms of dangerous materials such as nerve agents and vesicants, but also the detection and removal of such agents and the treatment of victims. Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents unifies all agency response instructions; displays agents by classification; provides response guides for each class of agent, as well as general definitions of each group in table format and physical and chemical properties; supplies information on dual-threat precursors; and offers medical response information.

344 pages, hardcover. Member: $89.95. Nonmember: $104.96. Catalog #1017.

Preparing for Biological Terrorism: An Emergency Service Guide

George Buck (2002)

While no community is fully equipped or funded for a major attack, it is possible to develop and implement effective local response plans, protocols, and guidelines. This book contains vital information that can guide local agencies in their efforts to secure and coordinate an influx of state and federal resources before, during, and after an attack. Important reading for emergency response teams, school administrators, business leaders, public utilities managers, media professionals, and the general public, Preparing for Biological Terrorism covers the elements of successful emergency planning, including

* passive, active, and medical surveillance;

* biochemical detection, notification, and diagnosis protocols;

* agent surety;

* mass prophylaxis; and

* the national pharmaceutical stockpile program.

The book also provides sample plans, guidelines, and protocols that focus on optimal deployment and expansion of community-based resources such as emergency medical and hospital services, search-and-rescue operations, event security personnel, and environmental cleanup teams.

Discussions address lessons learned from the attacks at the World Trade Center in New York, as well as other domestic and international terrorism incidents. The psychological repercussions of terrorism are addressed in detail, enabling communities to take active steps to restore public confidence following an attack. Also useful are a list of commonly used acronyms and a comprehensive glossary, agency checklists, an anthrax threat field guide, a delineation of the pharmaceutical needs associated with five different types of biological agents, and outlines of sample Domestic Preparedness Certificate courses.

304 pages, softcover. Member: $27.95. Nonmember $31.95. Catalog #1050.

Public Health Issues in Disaster Preparedness: Focus on Bioterrorism

Edited by Lloyd F. Novick, M.D., M.P.H., and John Marr, M.D., M.P.H. (2003)

Public Health Issues in Disaster Preparedness: Focus on Bioterrorism makes recommendations for increasing emergency preparedness. It is intended for government agencies, public and private corporations, and the general public. Highlights include a description of the planning and communication elements necessary to reduce the risk to the population, an outline of the technical aspects of bioterrorism agents, and a discussion of the mental health effects of disaster. This special report was adapted from the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and Public Health Administration: Principles for Population-Based Management.

150 pages, softcover. Member: $53.95. Nonmember: $62.95. Catalog #1020.

Library Corner is designed to supplement the articles in each issue by describing additional information resources pertaining to featured topics. If a particular Journal article piques your interest, check the Library Corner--more information may be available. For your convenience, the sources cited in Library Corner will be available for purchase through NEHA's online bookstore at For more information, please call (303) 756-9090, ext. 0.
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Title Annotation:Chemical and Biological Terrorism Preparedness Manual; Counter-Terrorism for Emergency Responders; Emergency Response to Chemical and Biological Agents; Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents; Preparing for Biological Terrorism: An Emergency Service Guide; Public Health Issues in Disaster Preparedness: Focus on Bioterrorism
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Date:Apr 1, 2006
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