Bombing, Emergency Preparedness and Public Health

One of the concerns in the emergency preparedness community and public health response relates to the ability to rapidly recognize a bombing event (e.g., Boston, New York City, or your community) if it were to occur in a community.  This can involve recognition of an unusual cluster of illnesses (dirty bomb) or a mass casualty from injured patients.  Once recognized, then a determination must be made regarding whether the emergency preparedness and public health community were ready to respond to the bombing.Please answer the following questions: 


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  1. Does Colorado Springs have mechanisms in place for early detection of a potential bombing and the infrastructure to mitigate loss of life during and after an event?
  2. What are the reporting procedures?
  3. Have they been practiced or drilled in the community?

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