Biological Threat Response

In the event of a biological threat, officials may not immediately be able to provide information on what you should do. It will take time to determine what the illness is, how it should be treated, and who is in danger. If you experience symptoms of nausea, difficulty breathing, convulsions, disorientation, or patterns of illness inconsistent with natural disease, notify authorities. Watch television, listen to radio, or check the Internet for official news and information including signs and symptoms of the disease and areas in danger.

The first evidence of an attack may be when you notice symptoms of the disease caused by exposure to an agent. Be suspicious of any symptoms you notice, but do not assume that any illness is a result of an attack. Use common sense and practice good hygiene.

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

  • Move away quickly
  • Wash hands with soap and water
  • Contact authorities
  • Seek medical attention if you become sick
  • Follow instructions from authorities