The Role of Schools in Meeting Community Needs During Bioterrorism

Published in: Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, v. 1, no. 4, Dec. 2003, p. 273-281

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2002

by Bradley D. Stein, Terri Tanielian, Mary E. Vaiana, Hilary J. Rhodes, M. Audrey Burnam

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Schools will likely play a critical role in helping communities recover from a bioterrorist attack. Almost all schools have natural disaster recovery plans. But bioterrorism is different: the attack may be prolonged, and the psychological effects on children and the community may be more severe. This study describes how schools can improve preparedness.

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