US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Bulletin on CBRN

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a bulletin outlining the basics of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons. The bulletin summarizes the basic information on typical agents and CBRN devices including contact risks and the symptoms associated with exposure.

On 28 May 2003 the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an information only bulletin outlining the basics of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons. The DHS believes that Al-Qaeda and sympathetic terrorist groups continue to demonstrate their interest in mass-casualty attacks using chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons. The information contained in the bulletin summarizes data collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on typical agents and CBRN devices possibly available to Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. This announcement does not contain threat warning information and is not at all related to the threat levels determined by the DHS or the US Coast Guard.

The bulletin summarizes the basic information on typical agents and CBRN devices including contact risks and the symptoms associated with exposure. The DHS encourages individuals to report any suspicious or criminal activity. The notice was forwarded by the US Coast Guard in an effort to advise industry about possible indicators of terrorist attack planning. Members of the maritime community are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the NationalResponseCenter at 1-800- 424-8802.

The bulletin can be viewed here

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