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Medical News & Perspectives
June 17, 1998

RAID Teams to Respond to Terrorism Threat

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JAMA. 1998;279(23):1855. doi:10.1001/jama.279.23.1855-JMN0617-3-1

COMING MONTHS will be busy for some state National Guard and other military reserve members who are forming RAID teams for medical and other responses to possible urban terrorism.

RAID is the acronym for "rapid assessment and initial detection" of chemical, biological, or other agents that might be used in such an attack. It implies the role of first-response decontamination, treatment, and evacuation of those exposed, plus determination of what additional resources are needed in response. Some team members would assist in trying to control panic, securing the area, and communications.

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