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CBRN and Hazmat Incidents at Major Public Events: Planning and Response

ISBN: 978-1-118-28819-1
448 pages
November 2012
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Sets forth what to do and what not to do to keep people and property safe

Based on the author's more than two decades of managing core facets of emergency planning and response, this book enables readers to minimize the possibility of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) disaster or a hazardous material (hazmat) incident at public events. Moreover, it sets forth the tools needed to quickly respond to an incident in order to avoid or minimize casualties and damages. With its comprehensive approach, the book equips readers to plan for and manage a multi-disciplinary safety and emergency response team, including police, security, medical, military, and fire and civil protection personnel.

CBRN and Hazmat Incidents at Major Public Events examines all aspects of security planning and emergency response, including:

  • General planning and preparedness procedures such as initial considerations, response network development, and training and exercise
  • Planning and preparedness for security and emergency response providers, including medical, fire, police, military, and VIP protection personnel
  • Incident response, including initial response, detection and identification, and law enforcement

Lastly, the author provides fourteen specific public event scenarios, explaining what to do and what not to do for effective emergency planning and response to CBRN and hazmat incidents. These scenarios also set the foundation for preparedness training and exercises.

Throughout the book, sidebars summarize the author's extensive operational and managerial experience, helping readers focus on the core tested and proven strategies and techniques needed to prevent or mitigate the impact of a CBRN or hazmat incident. With its unique focus on CBRN and hazmats, this book is essential reading for all personnel charged with protecting lives and property at large public events.

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Acknowledgments iii

Foreword v

Part I. Introduction

Chapter 1. The Threat Environment 7

Chapter 2. Differing Perspectives and Philosophies on CBRN/HAZMAT Planning and Response 29

Part II. General Planning and Preparedness Efforts

Chapter 3. CBRN Context: Interagency Planning and Cooperation 49

Chapter 4. General Planning Considerations at an Early Stage 69

Chapter 5. Building Capability and Capacity 83

Chapter 6. Equipment Procurement 101

Chapter 7. Dealing with Event Venues 117

Part III. The Response Disciplines

Chapter 8. Medical Preparedness 139

Chapter 9. Police, Law Enforcement, Intelligence, and Security Preparedness 155

Chapter 10. Preparedness for the Fire and HAZMAT Sector 167

Chapter 11. The Military Preparing for Military Support to Civil Authorities 179

Chapter 13. Preparedness for Everybody Else 189

Part IV. Response

Chapter 13. Initial Assessment and Response 207

Chapter 14. Detection, Measurement, and Identification of Hazards 225

Chapter 15. Medical Response 251

Chapter 16. Decontamination 263

Chapter 17. Law Enforcement and Security Response 281

Chapter 18. Consequence Management and Other Related Measures 297

Part V. Practical Scenarios

Scenario A. The Venue Search 311

Scenario B. Screening People, Vehicles, And Goods 317

Scenario C. Radiation Detection and Radiation Alerts 323

Scenario D. Unattended and/or Suspicious Packages 329

Scenario E. A “Communicated Threat” 333

Scenario F. An Anthrax Letter 339

Scenario G. Industrial HAZMAT Accidents 345

Scenario H. Suspicious Odors and Unexplained Illness 351

Scenario I. External Chemical Attack 357

Scenario J. Internal Chemical Attack 363

Scenario K. The Biological Attack 367

Scenario L. The Crime Scene 373

Scenario M. The “Dirty Bomb” and Structured Collapse 379

Appendices

Appendix A. Glossary of Terms, Abbreviations and Acronyms 385

Appendix B. Threat Basis and Planning Threshold 391

Appendix C. Template for a CBRN/HAZMAT Site Survey 395

Appendix D. Task Lists, Capability Survey, and Capacity Survey 399

Appendix E. Synchronization Matrix for CBRN/HAZMAT Response at a Major Event 403

Appendix F. Sample Detection and Identification Decision Trees 407

Appendix G. If You Only Read One Page, Read This One! 411

Bibliography 415

Index 421

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DAN KASZETA is Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute for Non-Proliferation Studies and Managing Director at Strongpoint Security Ltd. He is also a Correspondent for CBRNe World. Mr. Kaszeta's more than twenty-year career has spanned a broad range of core activities in emergency planning and response. A former captain in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, Mr. Kaszeta worked for the White House for twelve years as Disaster Preparedness Adviser for the White House Military Office and as Physical Security Specialist for the U.S. Secret Service.

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