[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 September, 2003, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
US guidance on terrorism

This is the advice currently being given by the US Government to its citizens, on what they should do in the event of a terrorist attack.


Radiological attack ('Dirty Bomb')

US Government: Get informed
If you have a shield between yourself and the material you will be less exposed
This is the use of an explosive to spread radioactive material.

  • Minimise the time you spend exposed to the radioactivity.

  • If you have a shield between yourself and the material you will be less exposed.

  • The further away from the explosion, the lower your exposure.

    Chemical attack

    This is a deliberate release of toxic material.

    US Government: Get informed
    If you have symptoms, strip and wash skin gently with soap and water, seek emergency attention.

  • Take immediate action to get away from any signs of attack (lots of people choking, vomiting, twitching).

  • If the attack is inside a building, leave if you can avoid the contaminated area. If that is impossible, find shelter within the building.

  • If the attack is outside, leave the area, or take shelter in a building.

  • If you have symptoms, strip and wash skin gently with soap and water, seek emergency attention.

    Biological attack

    US Government: Get informed
    Cover your mouth and nose with layers of fabric that filter the air but allow breathing
    This is a deliberate release of germs or other biological substances.

  • If you are aware of a suspicious substance being released, get away from the substance as quickly as possible.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with layers of fabric that filter the air but allow breathing.

  • Wash with soap and water and contact the authorities.



  • RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
    The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

    PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

    News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
    UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
    Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
    Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific