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  • Dalmatian90
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    Fortunately, I'm not seeing panic, although I'm sure it's out there. And I work for a division of the New York Times -- so all our mail is being screened by security prior to distribution!

    The more research I've done, I've found:

    1. There isn't a good "first-responder guide" to be found on the 'net.

    2. However, responding to Anthrax scares whether unfounded, hoax, or actual is really just combining skills and knowledge we have.

    While many skills contribute, such as ICS, three main ones to remember are:
    -- Secure it as a crime scene, which it is if a hoax or actual incident.
    -- Use standard Body-Substance Isolation practices including eye protection and HEPA masks are effective
    -- Follow Haz-Mat procedures

    3. The last item, follow Haz-Mat procedures may be the most important. BSI is effective protection against Anthrax. What happens the day we respond to "another Anthrax call" and it turns out to be neither a hoax or Anthrax but something else?

    Without signs/symptoms of something else happening, following Anthrax procedures of BSI, isolate the victims, have appropriate level Haz-Mat units take sample, etc should be fine -- we can wait for the analysis. If victims start becoming sick immediately, showing rashes, etc we better be ready to switch into full haz-mat mode quickly.

    Matt

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  • NCRSQ751
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    Anthrax Panic?

    How many of these 'scares' are you all getting? In my county we've had several in the last two weeks. As is appropriate they are handled with great diligence, taking it seriously since there are lots of 'wanna-be' terrorists out there - but I think it's getting out of hand.

    There was one department in the county here that got a call from a gentleman that thought the 'lint' you get off toilet paper was Anthrax! I guess Mr. Whipple was out to get him!

    There are people in my neighborhood that approach their mailboxes in the afternoons like it will bite them. I'm not talking about journalists, politicians or anyone famous..just normal folks that work in normal places and don't have reason to be considered 'high risk'.

    Is anyone else seeing this type of panic?

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