Trustee Election
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  • FIRST RESPONDERS
  • WATER SYSTEMS SECURITY
  • BIOTERRORISM PREPAREDNESS
Winning Issue » BIOTERRORISM PREPAREDNESS


Bioterrorism is terrorism that involves the deliberate release of biological pathogens including bacteria, viruses, toxins or other harmful agents used to cause illness or death. After 9/11 and the mailing of anthrax-laced letters to our political leaders soon afterward, we developed the Biowatch Program to help detect airborne pathogens. Biowatch consists of more than 30 monitoring stations located in our largest cities that continually collect and filter air samples. It is said these filters are analyzed for pathogens once each day. However, Biowatch has been prone to false alarms and is not sensitive enough to detect small releases of pathogens. Depending on wind conditions, it is conceivable a bioterrorist attack could occur in one of these protected cities and not be detected by Biowatch. Pathogens released indoors or in subways would also likely go undetected. Researchers are currently developing more sophisticated detectors capable of analyzing air and water samples in real time but these devices are not yet ready for production. Until then, we must depend on the Biowatch system, which does not provide coverage to all places and for all people. Health experts say the initial symptoms of those exposed to most pathogens are often similar to symptoms of common ailments such as the flu. For this reason, health services may not be able to confirm the existence of a bioterror attack until many victims have been infected. Health advocates warn that our shortage of hospital beds and emergency room services will greatly impede our ability to respond to an attack or a disaster which results in mass casualties. Currently, even a heavy flu season considerably taxes these facilities.


Pending Legislation: None




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  • I oppose reforming current bioterrorism preparedness policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support increased funding for monitoring and detecting the deliberate release of biological pathogens including bacteria, viruses, toxins or other harmful agents and wish to sponsor a bill to research and develop sophisticated pathogen detectors capable of analyzing air and water samples in real time, and deploying such a system in adequate numbers in all major population centers, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support increased funding for monitoring and detecting the deliberate release of biological pathogens including bacteria, viruses, toxins or other harmful agents and wish to sponsor a bill to research and develop sophisticated pathogen detectors capable of analyzing air and water samples in real time, and deploying such a system in adequate numbers in all major population centers, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider sponsoring a bill to research and develop sophisticated pathogen detectors capable of analyzing air and water samples in real time, and deploying such a system in adequate numbers in all major population centers.

If elected as a trustee, TACDA will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for increasing bioterrorism preparedness and better detection of air and water-borne pathogens.

The mission of The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA) is to provide education, products and resources that empower American Citizens with a comprehensive understanding of reasonable preparedness strategies and techniques; promoting a self-reliant, pro-active approach to protecting themselves, their families and communities in the event of nuclear, biological, chemical or other manmade and natural disasters. TACDA goals are to alert its members about existing dangers and potential threats relating to both manmade and natural disasters and emergencies. These include nuclear, chemical, biological and pandemic threats, national security and defense issues and developments, domestic terrorism issues, and natural and environmental threats. TACDA’s main methods of alerting its members and the public to such issues are through the continual development of its web site and through the quarterly distribution of its Journal of Civil Defense. TACDA works to assist members in equipping themselves for preparedness against all types of natural and manmade disasters and emergency situations. It provides access to preparedness supplies and products that will help enable members to prepare physically, psychologically and emotionally for natural and manmade disasters. TACDA also provides opportunities for its members to locate groups and organizations that share their interest and expertise related to disaster and emergency preparedness. Although TACDA does not directly endorse nor support these groups, it understands people want to get together with other like-minded people that share their same interests, concerns and beliefs – not only online, but face-to-face as well.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
June 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
June 10, 2020