Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness
Health emergencies pose some of the greatest threats to our nation, because they can be difficult to prepare for, detect, and contain. Important progress has been made to improve emergency preparedness since September 11, 2001, the subsequent anthrax attack, and Hurricane Katrina; three events that put severe stress on our public health system. However, major problems still remain in our readiness to respond to large-scale emergencies and natural disasters. The country is still insufficiently prepared to protect people from disease outbreaks, natural disasters, or acts of bioterrorism, leaving Americans unnecessarily vulnerable to these threats.
Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases
September 29, 2016
Congress Finally Passes Zika Funding Bill; Provides $1.1 Billion
September 26, 2016
Zika funding fight throws wrench in health lobbyists’ plans
September 23, 2016
Heard on the Hill
September 20, 2016
As one Miami area is taken off Zika advisory, another triples in size
September 19, 2016
TFAH Launches Social Media Campaign To Raise Zika Virus Awareness
Policy and Advocacy
For TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, click here.
December 17, 2015
Report Finds Major Gaps in Country’s Ability to Prevent and Control Infectious Disease Outbreaks 28 States and Washington, D.C. Reach Half or Fewer of Key Indicators
Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:
Zika Prevention Resources Social media posts, downloadable images, Congressional letters -- all focused on prevention & response.
CDC on Emergency Preparedness and Response U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site, intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.
CDC on Public Health and Natural Disasters U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site, intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to disasters.
CDC on the Strategic National Stockpile A CDC website offering background on the Strategic National Stockpile.
CDC's Emergency Preparedness and Response Page CDC works 24/7 with state and local health departments to save lives and safeguard communities from public health threats. When states are prepared to detect or respond rapidly to threats, communities are better protected. CDC plays a critical role in preparing states because of its unique expertise in responding to infectious, occupational, or environmental incidents.