Radiological and nuclear disaster preparedness
Published Date:Mar. 18, 2010
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), Office of the Associate Director for Communication.
Organization And Administration
Public Health Administration
Radioactive Hazard Release
Disaster Planning/Organization And Administration
Interinstitutional Relations/United States
Local Government/United States
Public Health Administration/United States
State Government/United States
Series:Public health grand rounds ; 2010 March 18
Description:With concern over continued terrorist threats at home and abroad, "dirty bombs", and the nuclear armament of rogue states, this question is just as relevant today as it was on September 11. Due to limited resources, emergency management officials from many U.S. cities and states rely on the federal government to intercede in the event of such a catastrophe. However, the federal government is also limited in the support it can provide to states, not to mention that federal radiation programs are often not well integrated with state public health offices. To minimize these gaps, the federal government must enhance collaboration with state public health offices and ensure that the integration of these radiologic preparedness programs with other preparedness activities is effective. This special session of Public Health Grand Rounds not only addressed these challenges, but discussed current efforts to improve the public health community's ability to prepare for and respond to the threat of nuclear and radiological disaster.
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