Because natural and manmade disasters can occur at any time, individuals, communities, and governments must be prepared. RAND has developed guidelines for individual preparedness in response to terrorist attacks; evaluated, modeled, and enhanced preparedness policy options for government officials at all levels; and recommended actions that communities should take to prepare for bioterrorist attacks, pandemic flu outbreaks, and other large-scale emergencies.
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RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment;
RAND Gulf States Policy Institute;
RAND National Security Research Division;
Homeland Security and Defense Center
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Individuals can take simple steps to protect themselves from the harmful effects of potential terrorist attacks involving chemical, radiological, nuclear, and biological weapons.
A panel of experts, including Admiral Thad Allen (former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard) and Dr. C.J. Huff (Superintendent of Joplin Public Schools in Missouri), will discuss the critical role of community resilience in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
The Homeland Security and Defense Center conducts analysis to prepare and protect communities and critical infrastructure from natural disasters and terrorism and is a joint effort of the RAND National Security Research Division and RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment.
Public safety officers have much higher incidence and cost of injuries that result in disability retirement than other public employees. RAND research helped the Commission on Health and Safety Workers' Compensation and the California legislature in their efforts to provide adequate workers' compensation and disability benefits.