Prepare for a Terrorist Attack

Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence by a person or group. The goal is to intimidate or coerce societies or governments. Terrorism is often used for political or ideological reasons. These attacks can take many forms. They could happen anytime and in any place.

Terrorism thrives on fear. By planning how to respond to a terrorist attack, you can greatly improve your chances of survival. You can also lessen the impact of the attack by reducing the fear in the aftermath.

Be Aware of the Dangers

Today, we face serious terrorist threats. Know the various types of threats. Learn how to react should an attack take place.
  • Biological Threat:
    The deliberate release of germs or other harmful substances that can cause illness. (learn more)

  • Chemical Attack:
    The deliberate release of toxic gases, liquids, or solids that can poison people and the environmen.t (learn more)

  • Explosions:
    The use of explosions to cause mortal injury or destruction of property. (learn more)

  • Nuclear Blast:
    The deliberate detonation of a nuclear device resulting in intense light, heat, radiation, and collateral damage (learn more)

  • Radiation:
    The spread of harmful radiation through an explosion such as a "dirty bomb" (learn more)

Learn What to Do

If a terrorist attack occurs, you will be given instructions from public officials. In the meantime, there are a variety of steps you can take to keep your family safe. To learn more about each of the situations above, click on the link that matches the specific threat.

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For additional information on preparing for terrorist attacks, see "Are You Ready?" from FEMA.

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