Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness
Health emergencies pose some of the greatest threats to our nation, because they can be difficult to prepare for, detect, and contain. Important progress has been made to improve emergency preparedness since September 11, 2001, the subsequent anthrax attack, and Hurricane Katrina; three events that put severe stress on our public health system. However, major problems still remain in our readiness to respond to large-scale emergencies and natural disasters. The country is still insufficiently prepared to protect people from disease outbreaks, natural disasters, or acts of bioterrorism, leaving Americans unnecessarily vulnerable to these threats.
Ready or Not?
Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism
April 20, 2017
US preparedness index finds sluggish, uneven progress
Policy and Advocacy
For TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, click here.
Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:
CDC's Pandemic Flu Website "An influenza pandemic is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus. Pandemics happen when new (novel) influenza A viruses emerge which are able to infect people easily and spread from person to person in an efficient and sustained way. The United States is NOT currently experiencing an influenza pandemic."
CDC on Emergency Preparedness and Response U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site, intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.
CDC on Public Health and Natural Disasters U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site, intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to disasters.
CDC on the Strategic National Stockpile A CDC website offering background on the Strategic National Stockpile.
CDC's Emergency Preparedness and Response Page CDC works 24/7 with state and local health departments to save lives and safeguard communities from public health threats. When states are prepared to detect or respond rapidly to threats, communities are better protected. CDC plays a critical role in preparing states because of its unique expertise in responding to infectious, occupational, or environmental incidents.