Biosecurity updates from the AVMA

The veterinary community can use the following resources for information on terrorist attacks, bioterrorism and chemical warfare, government agencies, and continuing education courses on animal and public health, and emergency preparedness.

For government information
FirstGov, Deborah Diaz, Deputy Associate Administrator, 750 17th St. N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20006-4634; (202) 634-0053;

For bioterrorism and chemical warfare information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bioterrorism and Preparedness Response, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333; (404) 639-3311; To report an event call (770) 488-7100
Chemical and Biological Information Analysis Center, A Department of Defense-Sponsored Information Analysis Center, Ronald L. Evans, Director, Aberdeen Proving Ground-Edgewood Area, P.O. Box 196, Gunpowder, MD 21010-0196; (410) 676-9030;

Veterinary/public health/emergency response resources
Department of Agriculture, Office of Communications, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-1300; (202) 720-4623;
Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201; (877) 696-6775;
Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C St. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20472; (202) 646-4600;
AVMA Emergency/Disaster Response, Dr. Cindy Lovern, Assistant Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173; (800) 248-2862, ext. 261;;

For continuing education
   The FEMA Emergency Management Institute offers independent study courses on animals in disaster and emergency preparedness, downloadable to your computer.
FEMA Emergency Management Institute, 16825 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD 21727; (301) 447-1200;
   The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease offers training courses on biological warfare and terrorism, and the medical and public health response.
The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, 1425 Porter St., ATTN: MCMR-UIM-O, Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5011; (301) 619-4563;;
   Decision System Alternatives & Technologies offers a course on terrorism training. Decision System Alternatives & Technologies, 528 N. 7th Ave., Royersford, PA 19468-3335; (877) TRY-DSAT;    The Department of Defense/U.S. Army offers a course on field management of chemical and biological casualties.
Chemical Casualty Care Division, 3100 Rickets Point Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5400; (410) 436-2230;;
   The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Veterinary Services offers telephone and Internet-based conferencing, and satellite seminars on a variety of animal-related topics. Visit or call the professional development staff at (301) 734-5750.
   Consult the Zoonosis Updates, second edition, published by the AVMA.