Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats
Public health threats are events or disasters that can affect you and your community. Examples of public health threats are:
Public health threats can affect air quality, cause shortages of safe water and food, and cut off electricity, gas, telephone, and other services. You and your family members may be separated.
Disasters are hard to predict and usually are out of your control. But you can take steps to help keep yourself and your family safe.
Preparing for disaster
Here are some things you can do to help prepare for a disaster:
Following these steps can help you be better prepared for any type of public health threat.
Health threats in your community
There are many things in our environment that can be harmful. Chemicals, fumes, viruses, bacteria, and low-level radiation are just a few of them. When these substances are released in large quantities or get out of control, they can become urgent public health threats. Guidelines for how to prepare for and avoid a problem often depend on how the substance is spread.
In general, a health threat may spread through a community:
Call your local health department for information about health threats in your area.
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