Serial No. 106-100: Terrorism Preparedness: Medical First Response: Hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, September 22, 1999 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening Statement of Chairman Christopher Shays: "How does a nation prepare for the unthinkable? The specter of mass casualties caused by a terrorist's release of radiological, chemical, or biological weapons grows larger on our domestic horizon. In a world made more dangerous by the proliferation of the technologies of mass destruction and by the willingness of some to use them against us, the once improbable has become the inevitable. Are we prepared? By most accounts, the answer is no. Despite significant efforts to combat terrorism and improve national readiness, medical response capabilities are not yet well-developed or well-integrated into consequence management plans. Providers are not trained to diagnose or treat the uncommon symptoms and diseases of unconventional warfare. Public health surveillance systems are not sensitive enough to detect the early signs of a terrorist-induced outbreak. Hospitals and clinics lack the space, equipment, and medicine to treat the victims of weapons of mass destruction. Today, we assess what is being done to help States and localities build a public health infrastructure capable of deterring, detecting, and, if necessary, treating those affected by terrorist events." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Ellen Gordon, David R. Johnson, Robert F. Knouss, Scott R. Lillibridge,Tara O'Toole, Edward P. Plaugher, Joseph F. Waeckerle, and Christopher Shays.
Serial No. 106-100