Community Shielding

Community Shielding

What Others are Saying

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Chronicle of Higher Education
March 14, 2003

The Worried Well: Strategies for Installation Commanders
U.S. Air Force Institute for National Security Studies

Forced Quarantine



When a terrorist attack or other disaster occurs, individual and community responses will be the most important predictors of survival. How can we 'contain contagion' after an attack with a dirty bomb or a biologic agent? Although highways leading from an attacked metropolitan area are most certainly seductive, they may be roads to nowhere, leaving citizens trapped and vulnerable. In most cases, remaining in our homes or other safe havens in the community will provide the greatest personal security. This is true in terms of physical and emotional safety, since people make their best decisions when they are in stable, familiar environments, and make their worst decisions when in unstable, unfamiliar environments. Just as individual cells in the body are nourished within organs, so too must places of refuge be supported through Community Shielding, a wider form of shelter-in-place. When communities are deployed to provide necessary strategic support for shelter-in-place, there is less chance for first responders to be overwhelmed by unnecessary and dangerous evacuation attempts.

Community Shielding Resources

Community Shielding in an Urban Military Environment

Saathoff GB, Holstege CP, et al.; 2006-7.
Director, Homeland Security Policy Instistute
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Bioterrorism and Pandemic Influenza

Testimony of Frank J. Cilluffo
Director, Homeland Security Policy Instistute
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Community Shielding Report

A Survey of Citizen Response to Potential Critical Incidents
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Community Shielding Policy Analysis

Vicki J. Hunt
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House Joint Resolution on CIAG

February 18, 2003
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Mass Evacuation and Our Nation's Highways

Carolina Planning
Winter 2005
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Circling the Wagons: Community-Based Responses to Bioterrorism

October 2002
Ambassador W. Nathaniel Howell, Ph.D.
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What to Do in a Biological Weapons Attack

October 21, 2002
University of Virginia Law News