RECOVERY AND DECONTAMINATION MEASURES AFTER BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL ATTACK
SCIENCE COMMUNICATION INC MCLEAN VA
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Practical methods are known for dealing with bio logical and chemical contamination after attack. The necessary materials and equipment can be obtained, much of it from normal peacetime sources of supply. The decision as to whether or not to decontaminate in a particular situation requires careful consideration of all the factors involved and must be a command decision by the local civil defense authority. The decision is essentially the result of a technical appraisal of the time and effort which must be expended in comparison to the consequences if decontamination is omitted or deferred. It cannot be overemphasized that organized decontamination is hard work. It requires men, equipment, and materials that are significant resources for other phases of recovery. Yet it may be vital and of some importance to implementing those other phases. Nevertheless, it should be carried out only when the advantages clearly outweigh the disadvantages.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
- Civil Defense