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2 Pre-Incident Communication and Intelligence: Linking the Intelligence and Medical Communities
Pages 29-33

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From page 29...
... An attack of a chemical or biological agent could result in civilian mortality and morbidity that have not been seen in natural disasters or infectious outbreaks in the United States since the influenza epidemic of 1918-1919. As noted in the preceding chapter, the medical community must prepare for three general types of incidents.
From page 30...
... Receipt of information concerning a possible mass-casualty event need not involve more than a few key individuals who can review the organization's seldom-used plan and begin to think about treatment options, where and how to obtain needed antidotes and drugs, make hospital beds and resources available on short notice, and ensure adequate staffing levels. Inclusion of these key medical personnel in anti-terrorist intelligence activity would no doubt be facilitated by their willingness to undergo training on the needs of the law enforcement community, especially procedures for proper preservation of evidence.
From page 31...
... This is essential to ensure adequate preparatory measures, such as stocking and maintaining appropriate and sufficient amounts of vaccines, antibiotics, and other pharmaceutical agents and to ensure maximum effort in providing for the safety of health care providers, paraprofessionals, and support personnel. These events often involve the use of medications or vaccines that are often not available in large enough supply locally and, even if maintained in regional stockpiles, still require time to obtain or produce adequate stores to effect meaningful treatment or prophylaxis.
From page 32...
... Health officials are often the first medical personnel to be contacted by the press whenever an epidemic or other public health threat occurs. Early knowledge of the threat of a chemical or biological event would allow public health officials to develop plans for effective risk communication and ensure appropriate coordination with law enforcement authorities.
From page 33...
... To enhance communication to and within the national medical community, the following R&D needs have been identified: 2-1 Development of a formal communication network between the intelligence community and the medical community that incorporates local emergency management agencies as an important element and thereby creates a mechanism for public health and emergency management officials to gain access to intelligence information. This might best be accomplished by incorporating public health and other health professionals into the intelligence community to monitor and assess biological agents and terrorist threats from the perspective of a health emergency (health intelligence liaisonsJ.

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