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Crosscutting Considerations

Biological incidents are often complex. Such incidents pose many unique challenges that impact traditional approaches to key response and recovery goals such as the preservation of life, property, and the environment; promotion of economic stability; and meeting basic human needs. Compared with other all-hazards incident types, planning and preparedness for biological incidents requires consideration of a variety of factors unique to scenarios involving infectious disease outbreaks. This section provides foundational information that is critical for understanding commonalities shared by the various types of biological incidents and their influence on response and recovery.