Missteps and mistakes: lessons learned from real-world incidents / Peter Emanuel -- Getting started: planning the sample mission / Mark Durno, Myles Bartos, and Jack Kelly -- Sampling teams / Daniel Martin and Anthony Intrepido -- The role of sampling in the phases of a biological event: fact and fiction in an airport scenario / Matt Gillen -- Surface sampling / Anne Busher, Judith Noble-Wang, and Laura Rose -- Indoor and outdoor air sampling / Kristin Omberg and Linda Stetzenbach -- Environmental samples as evidence: labeling and documentation at a crime scene / Steven Drielak -- Sample packaging and transport: biosafety from cradle to grave / Nick Cirino and David Cook -- Laboratory resources / Jason W. Roos and Christina Egan -- Environmental sampling today: advances since the 2001 anthrax attacks / Dorothy Canter. "After September 11 and the anthrax attacks of 2001, the real danger of a large-scale biological terrorist attack was realized. This invaluable volume brings together the latest information on the environmental sampling element of the response to a biological attack. Resulting from a national conference of first responders, scientists, and industry representatives, Sampling for Biological Agents in the Environment presents best practices that will help standardize procedures and technology to properly sample for biological threat agents. The sampling issues, techniques, and equipment are explained for professionals involved in sampling and testing of hazardous materials. Additionally, this volume will help facilitate cooperation and effective communication between various federal, state, and local entities that often have different procedures and methodologies when responding to weapons of mass destruction incidents. This volume clearly articulates best practices, common mistakes, basic principles, and future developments in comprehensible and concise language that can be easily understood by a non-technical audience but appreciated by the scientific community. By using real-world incidents, this volume thoroughly explains how to establish a containment area, structure a sampling operation, and acquire samples of the biological threat agent. The authors of individual chapters span the range of expertise across the biological sampling community. From government policy experts and first responders to hazmat personnel and leading scientists, this publication unites expertise from across the sampling community to combine this disparate knowledge into a clear, accessible resource. This volume is the first of its kind and presents novel ideas to address the diverse needs within the biological sampling field."--pub. dec.