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Know about Dangers of Chemical & Biological Agents

With concerns over Terrorism as a very real type of possible Disaster Emergency to prepare for, you need to know a bit about Chemical & Biological Agents which could be used to harm our population.

Gas-MaskCHEMICAL AGENTS

Chemical agents are poisonous gases, liquids or solids that have toxic effects on people, animals or plants. Most chemical agents cause serious injuries or death.

Severity of injuries depends on the type and amount of the chemical agent used, and the duration of exposure. Were a chemical agent attack to occur, authorities would instruct citizens to either seek shelter where they are and seal the premises or evacuate immediately.

Exposure to chemical agents can be fatal. Leaving the shelter to rescue or assist victims can be a deadly decision. There is no assistance that the untrained can offer that would likely be of any value to the victims of chemical agents.

BIOLOGICAL AGENTS

Biological agents are organisms or toxins that have illness-producing effects on people, livestock and crops. Because biological agents cannot immediately be detected and may take time to grow and cause a disease, it is almost impossible to know that a biological attack has occurred. If government officials become aware of a biological attack through an informant or warning by terrorists, they would most likely instruct citizens to either seek shelter where they are and seal the premises or evacuate immediately.

A person affected by a biological agent requires the immediate attention of professional medical personnel.

Some agents are contagious, and victims may need to be quarantined. Also, some medical facilities may not receive victims for fear of contaminating the hospital population. Some potential threats include smallpox, botulism, anthrax, and the bubonic plague.

More information on bio-terrorism preparedness and response is available online from the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control.

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