Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Terrorism: Emergency Response and Public Protection

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Provides information on the hazards involved in responding to the release of radioactive materials and chemical and biological agents Discusses strategies that can be used to minimize health threats in the wake of a terrorist incident Includes a "Summary of Recommendations" chapter that can be used as a quick guide for emergency responders in the field Presents available treatment options for individuals exposed to radiation or chemical and biological agents Provides recommended prevention strategies to reduce exposure to contaminants This book provides guidance on measures that should be considered to protect human lives from terrorist activities involving nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. It provides a historical summary of the development and use of these weapons, and continues with a detailed discussion of the types of radiation and warfare agents that are available, including methods for dispersing them. The text also analyzes human exposure to radiation or chemical and biological agents, along with treatment methods that are available to treat exposed individuals. The authors provide an exploratory look at emergency preparedness measures that can be enacted to mitigate future emergencies, including training techniques and strategies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566706513
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Purpose and Scope
Historical Perspective on Terrorism Targeted against the US
Historical Development of Nuclear Weapons
Historical Development of Chemical Weapons
Historical Development of Biological Weapons
Conventional Explosives Available for Dispersing Agents
General Types of Radiation and Warfare Agents
Chemical Warfare Agents
Biological Warfare Agents
General Hazards from Exposure to Radiation and Warfare Agents
Chemical Agents
Biological Agents
Minimizing Exposure to Radiation and Warfare Agents
Time of Exposure
Responding to a Nuclear Explosion
Nuclear Explosion Basics
Response to Nuclear Explosion
Preparing for a Nuclear, Chemical, or Biological Attack
Emergency Preparedness Plan
Emergency Preparedness Training
Emergency Preparedness Practice Drills
Alarm Systems
Air Purification Systems
Water Purification Systems
Personal Protective Equipment
First Aid Kits
Communication Devices
Emergency Lighting
Emergency Food Supplies
Screening Instruments
Guidance for Emergency Responders
Prioritizing Injuries
Assessing Patients for Contamination
Personnel Decontamination Procedures
Exposure Guidance for Emergency Responders
Training For Emergency Responders
Summary of Recommendations
Minimizing Exposure to Radiation (Dirty Bomb) and Warfare Agents
Minimizing Exposure to Radiation from Nuclear Explosion
Preparing for a Nuclear, Chemical, or Biological Attack
Guidance for Emergency Responders

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