Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Online Preparedness Education Program

The Online Preparedness Education Program was developed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Funding for this program and the entire USUHS WMD Collaborative Medical Readiness Training Initiative was made available through the dedicated vision and efforts of Ms. Mary Dix, of USUHS, and the support of the Congress of the United States.

CDHAM is also grateful to the USUHS Departments of Psychiatry, Military and Emergency Medicine, and the Graduate School of Nursing for their contributions.

Special recognition is given to the staff and scientists of the Armed Forces Radiobiological Research Institute (AFRRI), and the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) who generously provided their expertise and experience in support of the development of this program.

This project is truly a collective product and reflects the contributions of several individuals who took up major writing and revision responsibilities. We want to give them special recognition and note our most sincere appreciation:

Robert A. DeLorenzo, MD, MSM, FACEP and Prentice Hall Author
Michael R. Dobbs, MD Assistant Professor of Neurology and Toxicology, University of Kentucky
Roberta Lavin, MSN, MA. Captain, U.S. Public Health Service, Chief Policy Officer, Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Department of Health and Human Services
William Paul McKinney, MD, University of Louisville School of Public Health
Glen Reeves, MD. Consultant, Medical Advisor on Radiation Effects
Melissa Schrek, MAT, University of Louisville School of Public Health
Lynn Slepski, MSN. Captain, U.S. Public Health Service, Senior Public Health Advisor, Directorate of Intelligence Analysis and Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Kevin Yeskey, MD. Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS)

CDHAM also wishes to recognize the following individuals for their contributions, permissions, and support of this program: Dr. Doug R. Boreham, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario; Gene Dailey and the American Red Cross; Theresa Knott; Dr. Fred Mettler, University of New Mexico; Jim McMillan, Philadelphia News; Dr. Lou Romig, MD, FAAP, FACEP; Jeffrey L. Rubin, California Emergency Medical Services Authority; Dr. James Smith, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; University of Louisville Center for Health Hazards Preparedness; and Dr. Edward Walker, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

CDHAM would also like to thank the many other organizations that made valuable significant contributions to the content of the educational material and support of this program: the American Civil Defense Association; Bruker Daltronics NBC Detection Corporation; California Emergency Medical Services Authority; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Central Intelligence Agency; City of Cambridge, Massachusetts; City of San Diego Department of Environmental Health; Community Emergency Response Team of Los Angeles Fire Department; Defense Threat Reduction Agency; Disaster Mortuary Operations Response Teams-WMD of Department of Homeland Security; Federal Emergency Management Agency; Food and Drug Administration; Health Physics Society; International Atomic Energy Agency; Joint Commission; National Council on Radiation Protection Measures; National Fire Protection Association; Public Health Service; Occupational Safety and Health Administration; State of Connecticut, Emergency Response Commission; State of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness; U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; U.S. Air Force; U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol; U.S. Air Force, Edwards Air Force Base; U.S. Army; U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command; U.S. Army, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Division; U.S. Army, Institute for Surgical Research; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Department of Labor; U.S. Department of State; U.S. Department of Transportation; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Navy; U.S. Navy, Naval Safety Center.

Special thanks to Helen Glenn Court for editing the contents of the Online Preparedness Education Program. CDHAM also acknowledges the work of many others not listed who contributed their time and expertise to this project.