Toxic Portents: CBRN Incident Management in India

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Vij Books India Pvt Limited, 2019 - History - 252 pages

India is prone to many natural and manmade disasters. Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) emergencies occur as a result of occupational exposure, fire, industrial explosions, release of toxicants and wastes. CBRN Terrorism is showing its head in many parts of the world and India is at risk too. High visibility events like large public rallies, major sporting events, religious festivals and cultural extravaganzas are all highly vulnerable to CBRN terror strikes. There is an urgent need to educate and train all concerned stakeholders in CBRN risks and threats and to adopt risk mitigation measures. The book brings forth the author's views on CBRN Incident Management in India, especially regarding CBRN governance, response mechanism, special event and critical infrastructure security, CBRN security culture and use of new technologies for effective CBRN risk mitigation. The book intends to acknowledge and extol our strides in this direction and urge all responsible stakeholders to take note and act on the gaps post haste.

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About the author (2019)

The writer is a Veteran Army Officer with more than thirty years of color service. He has been a student of CBRN Risk Mitigation for more than twenty years and has been a Key CBRN Advisor to the Government of India (Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Home Affairs). A Visiting Faculty at select universities, a prolific writer and a CBRN subject speaker in international seminars and conferences, he holds Ph.D. for his Doctoral Research on "CBRN Terrorism: A Crisis & Consequence Management Model for India" from SPPU, Pune, India. Athavale has been a Key CBRN Expert for the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence and advised Governments of Eastern and Central Africa on CBRN risk mitigation matters for three years. He is a freelance CBRN Risk Mitigation, Incident Management and Security Consultant based at Pune, India.

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