Preparedness and response to chemical and biological threats: the role of exposure science

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There are multiple components to emergency preparedness and the response to chemical and biological threat agents. The 5Rs framework (rescue, reentry, recovery, restoration, and rehabitation) outlines opportunities to apply exposure science in emergency events. Exposure science provides guidance and refined tools for characterizing, assessing, and reducing risks from catastrophic events, such as the release of hazardous airborne chemicals or biological agents. Important challenges to be met include deployment of assets, including medications, before and after an emergency response situation. Assessment of past studies demonstrates the value of integrating exposure science methods into risk analysis and the management of catastrophic events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-117
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


  • airborne chemical and biological agents
  • anthrax
  • emergency preparedness
  • exposure modeling
  • hazardous releases
  • population exposures


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