New book offers guidance for bioterrorism preparedness

A new book written by experts from the Center for BioDefense at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School gives bioterrorism response tips to first responders and the public.

"Local Planning for Terror and Disaster: From Bioterrorism to Earthquakes," a book written by Leonard Cole and Nancy Connell, provides bioterrorism and natural disaster preparedness tips, including a need for increased awareness, effective communication and informed bystanders.

The book deals with important topics related to disaster and bioterror response, including law enforcement, security, communications and terror medicine. It includes techniques from several noted experts for diagnosis, rescue and dealing with various terrorist scenarios.

The authors use the book to explain the importance of informed bystanders and survivors, the need for anticipating the improbable, how preparedness requires the skills of responder groups and their interactions with each other, the necessity of effective communication and how responsible awareness can preserve lives.

Connell is a professor at NJMS Department of Medicine at NJMS and specializes in biological weapons, biodefense, local preparedness and assessing the quality of that preparedness. Cole is an adjunct professor at NJMS' Emergency Medicine Department and is the director of the Program on Terror Medicine and Security at UMDNJ's Center for BioDefense. He is an expert in terror medicine and bioterrorism.