United States preparedness against terrorist attacks from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents includes prep and planning for the public, as well as for the first responders who will be on the front lines during a catastrophic emergency event.

Dr. Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), last week told Homeland Preparedness News that the Office of the ASPR is “driving multiple efforts to protect Americans from 21st century health security threats,” which could include the potential deployment of bio-weapons like intentionally released infectious diseases or some other bacteria, virus or toxin, or the release of chemical weapons such as chlorine or mustard gas. Read more.