Preparation is always a key component to prevent, mitigate, control and recover from an emergency. Terrorist attacks are not an exception. No one wants to think about a terrorist attack but it is important to be prepared in case such an event happens. Terrorist attacks may include the use of explosives, flammable agents, biological and chemical agents causing detrimental impacts in multiple areas including infrastructure, economy, nature and human health. Adverse health effects resulting of this type of emergencies depend on the hazard and the type of attack, but hazards may include physical, biological, chemical, and nuclear hazards among others. Responding to these events requires a vast amount of resources. Emergency response and recovery workers should be trained to respond to these types of events and have access to recommendations for the selection and use of personal protective equipment against the different hazards they might face, such as biological and chemical agents.
This topic page provides information to help protect emergency responders in the event of a terrorist attack. Including relevant information regarding previous cases and responses that include the World Trade Center attacks and previous threats associated to anthrax. This page also offers access to information on other important elements of a terrorism response such as safety management, safeguarding building ventilation, bloodborne Infectious Disease, mail handling, and chemical hazards.