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Bioterrorism Preparednesss
What is Bioterrorism?

It is important to remember that most disaster take the same amount of planning and often use the same methods. Planning for a bioterrorist attack may have a few different steps but as a rule it is always important to have a plan and emergency supplies.

A bioterrorist attack is the deliberate release of viruses, germs (agents) or bacteria that is intended to cause illness or death. Some agents that you may be familiar with are:

  • Smallpox
  • Anthrax

Smallpox can be spread from person to person and anthrax cannot.

Bioterrorism Agents

· Category A

These agents are the highest risk to public, can easily be spread from person to person. They can cause high death rates, panic and social disruption.

· Category B

This category is the second highest priority because they are easy to spread, result in moderate death and illness rates.

· Category C

Category C contains emerging pathogens that can be engineered and are the third highest priority. They are easily produced, available and easy to spread. They have a high rate of mortality and major health impact.
Preparing
You can buy a response kit or make your own with items you already have around the house. Keep in plastic bin, back pack, duffle bag or any other easy to carry water proof container. It will be important to be able to grab it in case you need to evacuate. It will also be important if you need to shelter in place.
Water is the most important item to have in case of any emergency. Each person should have one gallon of water per day for at least three days. ***A small amount of Chlorine bleach can be used for disinfecting water. Please refer and/or print the following CDC step by step water purification sheet. Do not use scented bleach, color safe or any other with added cleaners.
You should store at least a three day supply of non-perishable food that requires on refrigeration, preparation or cooking.
  • Eating utensils
  • Canned Juice
  • Crackers
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Peanut butte
  • Dry cereal
  • Canned meat, fruits and vegetables
  • Food for infants

First Aid Kit

You should keep one in your car and a kit in your home

  1. Antiseptic
  2. Scissors
  3. Gauze pads
  4. Adhesive tape
  5. Ace bandage
  6. Non latex gloves
  7. Band-aids
  8. Tweezers
  9. Sting and bite ointment
  10. Instant cold pack

Special items

Insulin, special foods and medicine for diabetics, extra pair of glasses.

Items for Children

Books, crayons, games

Formula and diapers

Learn how to shelter in place and develop a family disaster plan.

Resources:

Department of Homeland Security

American Red Cross

Environmental Protection Agency

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