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Emergency Preparedness and Response
In this paper, you will evaluate the role and responsibilities of local, state, and federal public health organizations in emergency preparedness and response during a bioterrorism event.
“Bioterrorism is the threatened or intentional release of biologic agents for the purpose of influencing the conduct of government or intimidating or coercing a civilian population to further political or social objectives” (Turncock, 2012, p. 122).
Select one of the following bioterrorism threats:
a. Anthrax
b. Small pox
c. Food safety
d. Water safety
Answer the following questions:
a. What are the basic functions of the federal, state, and local level during this bioterrorism event?
b. What public health resources are available to address this bioterrorism threat at the federal, state, and/or local level?
c. What role does communication play during an emergency response? Identify at least two strategies that can be used to improve effective communication. How do these strategies improve communication?
d. In your opinion, is your city/state prepared to address this bioterrorism threat? Why or why not? Provide a concrete example that supports your opinion.

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