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Bioterrorism: Ventilation Systems And How To Protect Your Air

Terrorist organizations thrive on their ability to create scenarios geared at inflicting maximum destruction while integrating their philosophies into the attacks.  The 2017 Manchester Arena Bombing on May 22 and the recent London bridge terrorist stabbing on June 3 are only the start of a holy war that has its eyes set on Western civilization.  Terrorists have frequently utilized propaganda and the publicity of an open attack to elevate their platforms and this often is the case, but what about the clandestine operations or sleeper cells who have another agenda?  If their mission is based on the factor of anonymity, with no goal of self-indulgence – how can we counter a force that has no social presence and exploits our weaknesses?

Bioterrorism is a seldom talked about tactic that is high on the Homeland Security’s list of possible attacks; what precautions have been taken by our Government to ensure our ventilation systems are not compromised by a terrorist group?  A device designed for the Manhattan Project essentially can save lives in an event of a bioterrorist attack on our air.  The HEPA (High-efficiency particulate air) filter was invented in the 1940’s and became a mainstream product during the 1950’s.  The HVAC (air condition system) is an essential component to office buildings, homes, schools, and airplanes; airplane HVAC systems are now called ESC (Environmental control system).  The ventilation system replaces air in confined spaces to ensure IAQ (indoor air quality); this involves stopping the spread of airborne illnesses, smoke, unpleasant odors, mold, etc.

(A HEPA Filter Mask can be a life-saving tool in an emergency)

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Most conventional air conditioning units re-circulate air in a standard home or office building 80-90 times a day.  The HEPA filter along with a UVGI system (Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation) can greatly improve a building’s defense against a terrorist attack.  The UVGI system infiltrates respiratory agents and causes the cells to stop reproduction, this unit is a low-budget must-have for your personal home or workplace.  In 2002, an attack on a Moscow theater led by Chechen militant Movsar Barayev in Russia tempted the Spetsnaz and Russian authorities to pump an unknown gas into the air ventilation system, 130 hostages died and all 40 of the terrorists were killed.  Although the chemical attack was conducted to ensure the safety of the hostages, the attack showcases the vulnerabilities of a ventilation system in the 21st century.

(researchgate.com)

Figure-1-The-EH-and-ID-UVGI-systems-installed-in-the-AHU

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