14 Oct 2013

Surviving a Pandemic Event

You can prepare for an influenza pandemic now. You should know both the magnitude of what can happen during a pandemic outbreak and what actions you can take to help lessen the impact of an influenza pandemic on you and your family. This checklist will help you gather the information

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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

FEMA Emergency SMS Services

FEMA provides safety tips as well as emergency SMS services. Their text message program can be used in two ways: to receive regular safety tips for specific disaster types, and to search for open shelters and open disaster recovery centers. All FEMA text messages are sent from our dedicated number,

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13 Oct 2013

Disaster Preparedness Kit

According to FEMA, here is what should be in the most basic disaster kit. Other names for this kit are 72 Hour Kit, GO Bag, or Bail out Bag (BOB). A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an

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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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01 Feb 2008

What Every Public Safety Officer Should Know About Radiation and Radioactive Materials

This quick-reference guide for public safety personnel pro- vides basic information about and an understanding of radia- tion, radiation hazards, and initial response. It is not intended to replace an agency’s existing policies, pro- cedures, or training. Agency response protocols should be developed and followed for response to suspect weapons

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