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Types of Emergencies

Emergencies

Get the facts about all types of emergencies that could affect you and your family. Learn about each threat and what steps to take to deal with it.

An emergency can happen at any time and in any place. Knowing the facts can help you be prepared for these emergencies and help you to stay safe.

  • Chemical Emergencies
  • These include harmful chemical spills and chemicals that are used in acts of terrorism.
  • Weather and Home Emergencies
  • These are emergencies involving potential hazards such as winter weather, extreme heat, flooding, or carbon monoxide.

Biological Emergencies

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Chemical Emergencies

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Radiological Emergencies

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  • Dirty Bombs
  • This defines what a dirty bomb is, what its dangers are, and what you should do if you are near a dirty bomb explosion.
  • Potassium Iodide (KI)
  • This page includes links to information for the public about potassium iodide, which is used if people are exposed to radition.

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Weather and Home Emergencies

Fact Sheets Related to the Following Topics

Additional Resources

  • Carbon Monoxide - Know the Hazards
  • Tips on how to safely operate equipment that produces carbon monoxide, information on symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, and carbon monoxide detector guidance.
  • Cold Weather Advice
    • Cold Weather Tips
    • Information about how to protect your health in very cold weather, how to safely keep your home heated, and resources for help if your apartment, school, day care, or work is too cold for comfort.
    • Worker Safety
    • Worker safety and health during winter storm response and recovery operations.
  • Flood Preparedness
  • This page contains many links to information about what to do before, during, and after a flood.
  • Lightning Safety Tips
  • This pamphlet explains precautions you can take that can save your life during a lightning storm.