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Potential Threats


The United States centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies three types of potential threats. These areas include biological agents, chemical agents, and radiological emergencies.

Biological Agents
Several categories of biological agents are listed. This list includes bacteria such as anthrax (Bacillus anthracis), toxins such as botulisum (Colstridium botulinum), ricin (Castor bean toxin) and the virus smallpox (Variola major). See the following web site for more information. http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/agentlist.asp

Chemical Agents
There are many chemical agents that pose a threat and can be used as bioweapons. These include several forms of the chemical cyanide, mustard gas, and the nerve agent VX, a known chemical weapon.

See the following web site for more information. http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/agentlistchem.asp

Radiological Emergencies
Radiological emergencies occur when people are exposed to radioactive materials. A threat exists if a nuclear device is used as a weapon, or if radioactive material is released from a nuclear facility or through the use of what is known as a “dirty bomb”.

See the following web site for more information. http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/

Natural Disasters
There exists a potential for several natural disasters in our area. Tornados, severe thunderstorms, lighting, and hail pose the most probable natural threat to our community.

See the following web site for more information. http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/