EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TIP OF THE DAY
Prepare for Biological Attack

Prepare for Biological Attack Unlike an explosion, a biological attack may or may not be immediately obvious. Most likely local health care workers will report a pattern of unusual illness or a wave of sick people seeking medical attention. The best source of information will be radio or television reports. Understand that some biological agents, such as anthrax, do not cause contagious diseases. Others, like the smallpox virus, can result in diseases you can catch from other people.

In the event of a biological attack, public health officials may not immediately be able to provide information on what you should do. It will take time to determine exactly what the illness is, how it should be treated, and who may have been exposed. You should watch TV, listen to the radio, or check the Internet for official news including the following:

During a declared biological emergency:

If you are potentially exposed:

If you become aware of an unusual and suspicious substance nearby:

From "FEMA Emergency Preparedness Tips"

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