Biological terrorism continues to pose a significant threat to the public sector, including the potential for massive loss of life. Given September 11, 2001, the anthrax incidents and the current ‘War on Terrorism,’ it is imperative that emergency responders plan to respond to a biological terrorism incident. The time-critical nature of a biological incident requires that local and national law enforcement agencies develop plans to address the specific needs of an affected community in order to be effective.
The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), formerly the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM), Homeland Defense Business Unit operates programs designed to improve the ability of U.S. communities and military installations to respond to terrorism incidents involving the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). These programs started with the Domestic Preparedness Improved Response Program (IRP), which addressed response issues relating to the civilian emergency response community, and continues
through the Military Improved Response Program (MIRP), which focuses on military installation emergency response considerations.
To help law enforcement agencies better understand the response needs and causative factors associated with an act of biological terrorism, the IRP and then the MIRP have developed a foundational biological incident guide for law
enforcement. This guide is derived from information gained predominantly from workshops, exercises, after-action reports, and research performed by the programs. The information provided serves as a foundation for any law
enforcement agency that is developing plans for a response to a biological weapons incident.
Therefore, this guide is applicable as a reference tool for both military and civilian law enforcement departments.
This guide provides an overview of the problems faced by law enforcement that are associated with a biological terrorism incident and specific recommendations for recognizing, preventing, and managing these problems. The guide begins with a brief overview of key aspects of biological terrorism that must be considered throughout planning, training, and response. The guide goes on to address such issues as Incident Awareness, Information/Intelligence,
Personal Protection, Incident Response, Incident Investigation, Tactical Operations, Incident Control, and the Mobilization of Assets.
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