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Individual preparedness is an important element of our nation's strategy for homeland security. This report adopts a scenario-driven approach that provides a rigorous way to identify actions — linked specifically to terrorist attacks — individuals can take to protect their health and safety. The result is an individual's strategy across four types of terrorist attacks — chemical, radiological, nuclear, and biological — consisting of overarching goals and simple and directive response and preparatory actions. The actions are appropriate regardless of likelihood of an attack, scale of attack, or government alert level; designed to be sensitive to potential variations; and defined in terms of simple rules that should be easy for individuals to adopt.

Table of Contents

  • Summary

  • Preface

    All Prefatory Materials

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Scenario Approach to Developing an Individual's Strategy

  • Chapter Three

    An Individual's Strategy

  • Chapter Four

    Conclusions

  • Appendix A

    Catastrophic Terrorism Scenarios

  • Appendix B

    Emergency Guidelines

  • Appendix C

    Focus Group Methods and Results

  • Appendix D

    A Review of the Risk-Perception and Risk Communication Literature

  • Supplemental

    Supplementary Materials

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