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Bioterrorism and Disaster Preparedness

ACP's bioterrorism and disaster preparedness section covers resources for a wide variety of topics, including pandemic flu, anthrax and smallpox.


General Information

  • Clinician Information Line (CIL): 1-800-232-4636
    CIL is a 24/7 telephone response system. Although established initially to respond to clinicians’ questions regarding smallpox, smallpox vaccine, and adverse events following smallpox vaccination, the CIL has been expanded to provide clinicians with the same services for 8 other emergent diseases and terrorism agents (SARS, West Nile Virus, Influenza, Avian influenza, ricin, radiation, anthrax, and chlorine).
  • MKSAP 15: Bioterrorism (login required; subscribers only)
  • Bioterrorism Medical Aspects
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the release of a new computer model, developed by researchers in the Department of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, that will help health officials better plan large-scale antibiotic dispensing and vaccination responses to bioterrorism and large-scale epidemics. The computer model allows public health and emergency planners to estimate the number and type of staff required to operate mass prophylaxis clinics.
  • Meeting Proceedings: Linkages of Acute Care and EMS to State and Local Public Health Programs: The Role of Interactive Information Systems for Responding to Events Resulting in Mass Injury
  • CDC Clinician Registry: Receive regular updates on terrorism and emergency response issues targeted to clinicians.
  • Bioterrorism Summaries from Annual Session 2002
  • Bioterrorism Pocket Guide
  • ACP Observer Articles
    • Tips to treat the psychological fallout of trauma
    • The trouble with vaccines to fight bioterrorism
    • New technologies help laboratories fight bioterrorism
  • Annual Session News
  • CDC Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Plan
  • CDC Laboratory Response to Suspicious Substances
  • Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is a Publication of the American Medical Association (AMA). It emphasizes public health preparedness and disaster response for health care and public health professionals. It is published quarterly and is available online and in print. For more information and how to subscribe please go here.
  • Thoughts on Bioterrorism

Psychological Resources

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General Information

Cutaneous Anthrax

Inhalational Anthrax


Information for Patients on Anthrax

  • How to Tell A Cold or Flu from Inhalational Anthrax
  • Medlineplus -The National Library of Medicine's health topic page on anthrax

Biotoxins, Nerve Agents and Toxic Gases

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Blast Injuries

Ionizing Radiation

Pandemic Flu

Plague, Tularemia and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

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General Information

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Information for Patients on Smallpox

Additional Resources

Self Assessment

Speakers Bureau


  • Online courses from Penn State University: Master of Homeland Security in Public Health Preparedness and certificates in disaster preparedness and bioterrorism
  • Plague Training Module
    Eight-lesson Web-based module designed to teach you about the natural epidemiology of plague and how to manage it as both a natural disease and an intentional attack
  • Physician Preparedness for Acts of Water Terrorism a free on-line reference guide

Other Web Resources


Contact FBI/Public Health Offices

Contact Your State Department of Health
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Contact Your FBI Field Office

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Page updated: 1-12-12

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