Report No. 02-15
Office of the Inspector General
TYPES OF DOMESTIC PREPAREDNESS EQUIPMENT
- Personal Protective Equipment. Equipment that is worn to protect the individual from hazardous materials and contamination. Protection may vary and is divided into four levels based on the degree of protection afforded. Examples include: butyl hoods and gloves, encapsulated training suits, and chemical resistant boots.
- Chemical, Biological, or Radiological Detection Equipment. Equipment to monitor, sample, identify, and observe chemical, biological, or radiological contamination throughout the area or at specific points, and those items to support detection activities. Examples include: detection kits, chemical agent detectors and alarms, and self-reading dosimeters.
- Chemical, Biological, or Radiological Decontamination Equipment. Equipment and material used to clean, remediate, remove, or mitigate chemical or biological contamination. Examples include: decontamination showers, atropine auto-injectors, and oxygen masks.
- Communications Equipment. Equipment and systems providing connectivity and electrical interoperability between local and interagency organizations to coordinate Weapons of Mass Destruction response operations. Examples include: encrypted radios and hand-held communication systems.