Ensuring workforce protection and continuity of mission operations: MCM program, DHS
In July of 2011, the Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization allowing the prepositioning of Doxycycline by federal agencies. This provision allowed DHS to better protect its workforce and mission by prepositioning MCM at over 100 field locations nationwide. DHS pre-deployed over 200,000 courses of MCM to Component field locations. Additionally, a centralized stockpile of 150,000 more courses was established for rapid secondary deployment.
The DHS Office of Health Affairs' response plans are based on a wide-area aerosolized Anthrax attack, but could easily expand to other biological threats. Other planning assumptions include the detection/confirmation of such an attack would be delayed by perhaps 24 to 48 hours. The medical experts warn that a person has 48 hours to begin taking antibiotics before inhaled anthrax spores become deadly. Therefore, the DHS program is designed to reach all DHS employees and those persons under DHS care and custody to receive MCM within 6 hours of notification, regardless of duty station.
Learning Areas:Occupational health and safety
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Define: DHS MCM Program Define: workforce protection Define: biological threat
Keyword(s): Bioterrorism, Workforce
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