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First Hours: Terrorism Emergencies


This section includes various threat agents that could be used by terrorists. For each of these agents, HHS has developed resources to aid health officials as they communicate with the public in the first hours of an emergency.

These include:

  1. Short and extended messages offering health and safety information for the first hours
  2. University research reports that formed the groundwork for these materials

The extent of the resources varies for each agent. There are four categories of terrorism agents:

  1. Bioterrorism Agents
  2. Chemical Agents
  3. Radiation Emergencies
  4. Suicide Bombs

Message Template for the First Minutes
The suggested template below could be used in the first minutes after a suspected terrorism incident when little is known.

Ready: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.Social Media at CDC Emergency