Man-Made & Technological Threats & Hazards
These events are emergencies that involve material created by man and that pose a unique hazard to the general public and environment. These can be caused by accident (e.g., mechanical failure, system or process breakdowns) or result from an emergency caused by another hazards (e.g., flood, storm) or are caused intentionally (e.g., acts of terror, school violence, and cyber events).
Chemicals are found everywhere. They purify drinking water, increase crop production and simplify household chores. Many products containing hazardous chemicals are used and stored in homes routinely. These products are shipped daily on the nation's highways, railroads, waterways and pipelines.
Chemicals can be hazardous to humans or the environment if used or released improperly. Hazardous materials include any chemical or substance that could adversely affect the safety of the public, handlers, or carriers during transport or if released into the environment. Hazardous materials come in the form of explosives, flammable and combustible substances, poisons and radioactive materials. Although extremely rare, there always remains a slim chance that a chemical emergency will occur despite the extraordinary precautions that have been taken. These substances are most often released as a result of transportation accidents or because of chemical accidents in plants.
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Power outages can range from inconvenient to life threatening, depending on a many factors. Electricity keeps our lights on and our heating and air conditioning systems running. For some, electricity may be a necessity to run medical equipment or to power accessibility equipment. Knowing your dependence level on electricity and having a plan will help you and your family be better prepared during a power outage situation. Should there be a long-term loss of power during high (or very low) temperatures, public shelters may be made available to those in need.
Power Outage Brochure (PDF)
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Terrorism in an intentional violent action intended to attain political or ideological goals. These events can range greatly in type and size and could happen anytime and in any place, often with little or no warning. Some actions are immediately apparent and some can take time to manifest. These threats have brought about large-scale losses of life, the destruction of property, widespread illness and injury, the displacement of large numbers of people and devastating economic loss. Nevertheless, there are things you can do to prepare for the unexpected. Preparing for such events will reduce the stress that you may feel now, and later, should another emergency arise.
Terrorism Brochure (PDF)
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