Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats - Getting Organized
It is hard
to prepare for a terrorist attack because no one knows what form it might take
or when or where it may occur. But being prepared for general
emergencies-including fires, natural disasters, power failures, fresh-water
shortages, and similar events-makes sense and will help to reassure you and
The following agencies provide extensive information
about disaster planning and terrorism:
The American Red Cross
has developed specific disaster readiness guidelines, including instructions on
how to build a disaster supplies kit and how to make a disaster plan. You can
access this information at www.redcross.org.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides
extensive information about national security emergencies, including chemical,
biological, and nuclear attacks. You can access this information at
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides answers to frequently asked questions
about chemical and biological agents, such as toxic gases and smallpox, and
nuclear attacks as well as advice on how to protect yourself. You can access
this information at www.cdc.gov.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urges citizens to be prepared and stay
informed. Many helpful links are available from its website at
www.dhs.gov/dhspublic or at www.ready.gov.