In the aftermath of 9/11, Ronnie Wendt was called upon to create many special publications for companies. The WMD Journal is one such publication. Here, Wendt developed an editorial plan for the publication, done for Scott Health & Safety. She ghost-wrote some copy and hired freelancers to write the rest. Wendt worked with the design team on the publication’s look and feel, and with Scott Health & Safety on their edits and approvals. During her tenure with Cygnus Publishing, she developed many such publications for companies, including Polaroid, Caterpillar, Scott Health & Safety, Raytheon and Draeger Safety Inc.
The first line of defense for fire and EMS personnel when responding to acts of terrorism is their personal protective equipment. When selecting protective garments for employment in a hazardous environment, it’s not only important to select the right suit, it’s also important for the wearer to know the limitations and condition of the suit they are wearing. The limitations may include:
- No fabric is impermeable forever.
- Suits should be strong enough, so they do not tear easily.
- Use an appropriate fitting suit (suits that are large or too small have obvious limitations).
- When donning the suit, all potential problem areas (wrists, ankles, mask if not encapsulated), should be properly secured with Duct tape or chemical-resistant tape.
The U.S. Army has released a publication that identifies the effects of human exposure to many chemical agents. These agents could potentially be released in an act of terrorism. A few produce comparatively innocuous symptoms such as headache and vomiting, others cause skin blisters or the eyes to water, but still others make direct hits on the human respiratory system.
Vast arrays of devices are available to rescue personnel, including particulate respirators, combination respirators, gas and vapor respirators, air supplied respirators and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).