This AHA Disaster Readiness Advisory, a special service to America's hospitals, contains guidance to help hospitals prepare for potential terrorist threats in the wake of the September 11 attacks (the first Disaster Readiness Advisory was sent September 21). The nine (9) page Disaster Readiness Advisory #5 can be accessed at under "Disaster Readiness."

A Message to America's Hospitals:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently made public the full text of its Interim Smallpox Response Plan and Guidelines. The Executive Summary was included in the original Disaster Readiness Advisory #5, sent December 4. The plan, which can be accessed at, includes sections on Surveillance, Contact Tracing and Epidemiological Investigation; Vaccination Guidelines for State and Local Health Agencies; Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines; Specimen Collection Guidelines; Communications Plans and Activities; and Decontamination Guidelines.

The CDC will be accepting comments from the hospital and health care community until at least March 1, 2002. If you do comment on the CDC's plan, please keep us posted and send a copy to Roslyne Schulman, AHA senior associate policy director, at


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