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Ready or not; findings and recommendations of the APHL Chemical Terrorism Project
  • Published Date:
    July 2003
Filetype[PDF - 384.17 KB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    Association of Public Health Laboratories (U.S.), Chemical Terrorism Project. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ;
  • Funding:
    U66/CCU303019
  • Description:
    In November 2002, APHL members from 49 states, two territories and the District of Columbia responded to a survey to assess laboratory preparedness for a chemical terror attack. In January 2003, public health laboratory representatives from the 50 states and the District of Columbia attended a workshop in Atlanta, Georgia. Based on survey findings, site visits, expert consultations, and personal experience, attendees developed 46 recommendations, spanning a variety of topics. Recommendations are directed at federal agencies, Congress, state governments, state public health laboratory workers, and APHL. When implemented, these recommendations will assure that public health laboratories can respond to a chemical terrorism event, provide reliable testing, meet testing burdens in a timely manner, assure the safety of the public and all members of the responder community, including the laboratorians themselves, and minimize impacts on essential governmental and commercial activities.

    In February 2003, APHL released preliminary project findings and wrote a letter to members of Congress asking that certain activities be funded in the forthcoming appropriations process.1 This final report presents comprehensive project findings, including all recommendations.

    The APHL Chemical Terrorism Project was supported under Cooperative Agreement #U66/CCU303019 between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Public Health Laboratories.