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Bioterrorism - Information for Professionals


General Bioterrorism Resources

  • Mail Safety
    Resources on handling suspicious letters.

  • History of Bioterrorism
    From the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. 

  • Bioterrorism Audiovisuals
    Videos on Bioterrorism available for checkout by residents of Texas from the DSHS Audio Visual Library. 

  • Biological Warfare
    Background information and current medical information related to diseases, including a list of related books and journal articles. From the Disaster Information Management Research Center. 

  • Biological, Chemical and Nuclear Threats
    Bioterrorism preparedness and response information. From the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

  • Terrorism Preparedness Compendium
    Recommendations, considerations, and guidelines related to biological agents. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC.


Biological Disaster Planning and Emergency Preparedness

  • Bioterrorism
    Selected emergency topics, including information related to agents, diseases & threats. Basic information concerning bioterrorism agents, including questions & answers, fact sheets & overviews; and in-depth information & resources. From the CDC.

  • Biological Warfare Agents as Threats to Potable Water
    From Environmental Health Perspectives, a monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news on the impact of the environment on human health.

  • Communicable Disease Control Measures in Texas: A Guide for Health Authorities in a Public Health Emergency
    Common Questions and Answers On the Imposition of Control Measures, Control Measures for Individuals, Control Measures for Property, Control Measures for Area, Control Measures for Common Carriers, and Statutory Appendix. From DSHS. (PDF file, 884 kb)

  • Biodefense and Bioterrorism
    Latest News; General Information/Overviews; Alternative Therapy; Coping; Prevention/Screening; Research; Specific Conditions; Treatment; Law and Policy. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

  • Biodefense
    Biodefense-related information for biomedical researchers, the public, and the media. From the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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Continuing Education and Training

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First Responder Information

  • Bioterrorism Information for First Responders
    Guidelines, reference tools, and recommendations for First Responders. From the CDC. 

  • Emergency Response Resources
    Emergency response resources for: Emergency Responders; Disaster Site Management; Terrorism Response; Personal Protective Equipment; Natural Disasters; and Chemical Agent Information. From the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


First Responder Training

  • National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) 
    The NERRTC, a member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), was established to train local and state officials and emergency responders to prepare for and respond to acts of terrorism including those involving the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and other special incidents. 

  • Texas Critical Incident Stress Management Network (CISM)
    The Texas CISM Network was established in 1992 to assist emergency service personnel, including dispatchers, who have experienced a critical incident such as line of duty death, death of a child, multiple casualty/fatality scenes, etc. From the DSHS Community Preparedness Section. 

  • National Preparedness Directorate National Training and Education
    The National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) online Course Catalog provides searchable, integrated information on courses provided or managed by FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and National Training and Education Division (NTED).

Note: External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may also not be accessible to people with disabilities.

Last updated May 21, 2015