24 Sep 2015

Ricin Biotoxin Fact Sheet

APPEARANCE: White powder. Can be prepared in liquid or crystalline form. DESCRIPTION: Ricin is an extremely toxic plant protein derived from the seeds of the castor bean plant (Ricinus communis). It is easily extracted from the castor bean meal that remains as a by-product of castor oil production. Ricin causes

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14 Oct 2013

Explosive Terrorist Attack Fact Sheet

Terrorists have frequently used explosive devices as one of their most common weapons. Terrorists do not have to look far to find out how to make explosive devices; the information is readily available in books and other information sources. Explosive devices can be highly portable, using vehicles and humans as

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13 Oct 2013

Radiological Terrorist Attack Fact Sheet

Terrorist use of an Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD) — often called “dirty nuke” or “dirty bomb” — is considered far more likely than use of a nuclear explosive device. An RDD combines a conventional explosive device — such as a bomb — with radioactive material. It is designed to scatter

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13 Oct 2013

Nuclear Terrorism Fact Sheet

A nuclear blast is an explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave, and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water, and ground surfaces for miles around. A nuclear device can range from a weapon carried by an intercontinental missile launched by a hostile nation or

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13 Oct 2013

Chemical Terrorism Fact Sheet

Chemical agents are poisonous vapors, aerosols, liquids and solids that have toxic effects on people, animals or plants. They can be released by bombs or sprayed from aircraft, boats and vehicles. They can be used as a liquid to create a hazard to people and the environment. Some chemical agents

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13 Oct 2013

Biological Terrorism Fact Sheet

Biological Threats Close up of bacterial colonies in a Petri dishBiological agents are organisms or toxins that can kill or incapacitate people, livestock and crops. A biological attack is the deliberate release of germs or other biological substances that can make you sick. The three basic groups of biological agents

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13 Oct 2013

Cyber Terrorism Fact Sheet

Often times, we may not realize that our actions online might put us, our families, and even our country at risk. Learning about the dangers online and taking action to protect ourselves is the first step in making the Internet a safer place for everyone. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility

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09 Feb 2013

Blackout Preparedness Fact Sheet

The biggest Blackout in U.S. history occurred on August 14, 2003, leaving roughly 50 million people without power. Blackouts can happen anywhere, and to anyone, so being prepared is important. BEFORE A BLACKOUT To prepare for a blackout you should do the following: To begin preparing, you should build an

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09 Feb 2002

Hijacking Survival Guidelines

Hijacking is extremely rare, but it does happen. It is well to consider how you should react if you end up being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The physical takeover of the aircraft by the hijackers may be accompanied by noise, commotion, and possibly shooting and yelling,

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