Reports

Federal Agencies have taken Some Steps to Validate Sampling Methods and to Develop a Next Generation Anthrax Vaccine

GAO reported that the vaccine has not been adequately tested on humans; no studies have been done to determine the optimum number of doses; the long-term safety has not been studied and data on short-term reactions are limited...

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Management of Dead Bodies in Disaster Situations

"The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is pleased to present this manual, which will be very useful for authorities and those responsible for disaster prevention and response." Mirta Roses Periago, Director, Pan American Health Organization

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GAO(Government Accountability Office) - Federal Emergency Management Agency, Factors for Success and Issues to Consider in Organizational Placement

GAO believes that "future success is likely to principally depend upon focus, skilled leadership, clear roles and responsibilities, operational plans realistically exercised, and key resources appropriately and effectively deployed."

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2005 Mid Atlantic All Hazards Forum Report

Emergency preparedness officials from the Mid-Atlantic region created an event that crossed organizational and institutional boundaries, bringing a broad-based group of stakeholders in hazards preparedness, response and recovery, and homeland security

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President Bush Announces the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan

"[The] ... Federal Government has begun strengthening our ability to safeguard the American people in the event of a devastating global pandemic and helping to prepare the Nation's public health and medical infrastructure." President George W. Bush

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Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared - A Report Released by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

This report has four major sections: a narrative of what happened; findings; recommendations for changes;and appendices. The report recomends that FEMA be abolished and replaced with a new agency within the Department of Homeland Security.

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GAO (Government Accountability Office): Department of Defense (DOD) Needs Consistent Policies and Clear Processes to Address the Survivability of Weapon Systems Against Chemical and Biological Threats

GAO is recommending modifications to DOD's current weapon system acquisition policy to ensure that weapon system chemical and biological survivability is consistently addressed.

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ASTHO Spring 2006 Report

This report covers Pandemic Influenza Planning Update, Preparedness Response to Katrina, TOPOFF, and other current topics.

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Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC) Update

The MCAC's core responsibilities include providing tactical & strategic intelligence support to public safety agencies, & acting as a conduit of criminal & terrorism-related information between federal, state, & local law enforcement agencies.

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GAO - The Federal Government Needs to Establish Policies and Processes for Sharing Terrorism-Related and Sensitive but Unclassified Information

To establish an overall information-sharing road map under the director of national intelligence, will require the director's continued vigilance in monitoring progress toward meeting key milestones, identifying barriers, and recommending changes.

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