Biological Threats

A biological attack is the deliberate release of germs or other biological substances that can make you sick.

If There is a Biological Threat

Unlike an explosion, a biological attack may or may not be immediately obvious. While you may see actual signs of a biological attack, it is more likely that local health care workers will report a pattern of unusual illness or there will be a wave of sick people seeking emergency medical attention. You will probably learn of the danger through an emergency radio or TV broadcast, or through your NOAA All-Hazards Radio.

In the event of a biological attack, it will take time for public health officials to determine exactly what the illness is, how it should be treated, and who is in danger. 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:

Information courtesy of ReadyAmerica.