Coping with an Attack, A Quick Guide to Dealing with Biological, Chemical and ‘Dirty Bomb’ Attacks

By Patricia Coomber and Robert Armstrong

While our forces are well-trained and capable of responding to a CBRN attack, the safety of their dependents and our DOD civilian workforce remains a concern. If a military base with dependents were attacked, it is doubtful the family members or civilian employees would know what immediate actions to take. By not managing such an attack properly, contamination could be spread around a base and the base medical facilities could be overwhelmed by the “worried well.” To address this concern, Dr. Robert Armstrong and Col Patricia Coomber created Coping with an Attack, A Quick Guide to Dealing with Biological, Chemical and ‘Dirty Bomb’ Attacks, a colorful, easy-to-read poster that can be hung on bulletin boards in military and civilian offices and refrigerator doors at home. The poster consists of simple matrices describing immediate actions to take in case of a biological, chemical, or “dirty bomb” attack, plus answers to frequently asked questions. This poster can be reproduced locally and adopted for use by any local, state, federal agency, as well as non-governmental organizations. The poster is also available in Spanish (hard copy only).

Full Color Poster (25 inches by 38 inches, Adobe Acrobat pdf.)

B&W Legal Size (11 inches by 14 inches, Adobe Acrobat pdf.)

This guide does not necessarily represent the views of the National Defense University or of the Department of Defense. This guide is not intended to substitute for information from law enforcement officials or medical professionals. In the event of an emergency, you should contact the appropriate agencies.