A Reference Guide for Media
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created this guide to provide information for media professionals throughout the nation.
This tool will be most useful in the early phase of a terrorism event or major public health emergency but also has relevance for other public health events, such as disease outbreaks. It is not meant to supplant other works from either private or governmental sources but rather, to provide a different and complementary perspective. What is different here is that this guide assembles a wide variety of resources and filters them through the lens of public health action immediately following a major public health event. In addition to collecting extensive background information on possible terror weapons and agents, there is source material on how public health agencies and professionals function in an emergency.