Compiled by Dick Oakes


A terrorist attack can take several forms, depending on the technological means available to the terrorist, the nature of the political issue motivating the attack, and the points of weakness of the terrorists' target. Bombings are the most frequently used terrorist method in the United States.

In all cases, remain calm and report any suspicious persons, packages, or equipment to local authorities. Take notes on suspicious activities, or individuals, and report them to the local authorities.

It is very important to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Be responsible when reporting acts of terrorism. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Also, it is important to remember that there are significant differences among potential terrorist threats that will influence the decisions you make and the actions you take. By beginning a process of learning about these specific threats, you are preparing yourself to react.


Unlike an explosion, a biological attack may or may not be immediately obvious. Biological agents are infectuous microbes or toxins used to produce illness or death in people, animals, or plants. Biological agents can be dispersed as aerosols or airborn particles. Terrorists may use biological agents to contaminate food or water because they are extemely difficult to detect.

Chemical agents kill or incapacitate people, destroy livestock, or ravage crops. Some chemical agents are odorless and tasteless, making it difficult to detect. They can have an immediate effect (a few seconds to a few minutes) or a delayed effect (several hours to several days).

Protect Yourself

Notify Proper Authorities

Immediately report:

If Trapped in Debris