BIOTERRORISM AND HEALTHCARE 5
Bioterrorismare the ill effects or traumatic events caused to humans, plants, andanimals by intentional usage of microorganism agents such asdissemination of biological elements such as toxins, viruses, andbacteria. Bioterrorism is a prevalent concern in the public health aswell as agricultural disciplines since the microorganisms are used tocause epidemic diseases. The use of such biological agents usuallyoccurs naturally or modified by human beings with an intention ofcausing terror and harm people or the surroundings. For example, the9/11 terrorist attacks in United States and subsequent release ofanthrax by bioterrorists aroused the increased awareness ofbioterrorism and health preparedness (Shea& Gottron, 2004).However, this essay aims at exploring the importance of communityvolunteerism, as a way of preparing to possible bio-terrorismemergencies. The paper achieves its notions by discussing the waycommunity response teams are created and organized.
The9/11 terrorist attacks and other bioterrorism events cause theformation of national response teams such as Medical Reserve Corpsand Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). Their establishmentfollowed the tragic disasters such as Whittier Narrow earthquake thatleft many people dead, displaced, and loss of properties. It wasapparent that several impacts could have been avoided in thenecessary preparedness was given to every resident in the UnitedStates. Presently, CERT has expanded their volunteering andbioterrorism education services to several states around the worldincluding their open learning system in the online platforms whereone can learn about disaster management and healthy preparednessonline. This is because it was perceived that hometown securitystarts with the area residents since they can be able to identify thereal resident and an intentional stranger (Rawles,2011).
PinellasSuncoast Fire Rescue and Gulfport Cert Team are the two localprograms available in our area of residence where one can be trainedemergency and first aid skills, as well as the volunteering tactics.Volunteering helps the community in coordinating against thealleviation of disastrous emergencies by responding effectively,ensuring community safety, and assisting in relief provision duringthe bioterrorism emergency (Hooker,2014).Among the skills learnt in the emergency response institutions, asrequired by CERT are disaster preparedness, fire safety, and disastermedical operations. Others include light search and rescue, disasterpsychology, terrorism, and disaster simulation.
Volunteeringand disaster preparedness education helps one to ensure safety in hisor her community, identify the needy people, and know the arearesidents, as a way of enhancing security. One also gains from theBioterrorism education by knowing what is needed in case an emergencyoccurs (Hylton,2011).In my family and personal efforts, everybody is aware that an attackor illness can strike any time, hence adopted various preventive andpreparedness measure to respond in any bioterrorism or health issuethat arises. The preparedness metrics adopted by me and the entirefamily members include having a ready toolkit, having a clear plan ofhow to engage a particular emergency, and having the necessaryinformation and knowledge on how to respond to an emergencysituation. On the emergency toolkits, one can have several itemsstarting from the most prioritized in order to respond to mostemergent situations. The items include food, water, radio, first aidkit, flashlight, pliers, and flashlights. Other healthy preparednessefforts that a family should adopt are prescription of medications,clothing, and other child items such as toys for child play therapy(Mccall& Looke, 2003).The pet are also considered in preparing items such as food, water,and medication that may be needed during bioterrorism events in ordert
Inconclusion, bioterrorism and healthcare are two related concepts thataims at educating the way people should be prepared on any tragicevents that may arise any time. The prevalent of bioterrorism attackscreated the needs for every individual in a community to learn aboutvoluntary programs that help in gaining skills and knowledge inresponding to emergent disasters. The voluntary programs that havespread all over the world help people to learn safety techniques ofprotecting any living things from any harm caused from disseminationof biological agents. The paper has achieved its purpose byhighlighting various preparedness skills that one must adopt forfuture healthcare safety and security.
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