What can I do to tackle a bioterrorism threat?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Here are some proactive steps you can take:

  • Stay connected to your state's department of health to follow disease trends occurring in your community.
  • Follow disaster preparedness advice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Homeland Security. 
  • Sign up for e-mail, Twitter or Facebook alerts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Register for Reverse 911, a telephonic community notification system through your local community or county (if available).
  • Tune in to local TV and radio programming for health officials' announcements, and heed warnings.
  • Learn how to recognize and handle a suspicious package.
  • Create a family disaster plan, and prepare an emergency disaster-supplies kit for your family that includes a three-day supply of water (1 gallon of water per day per person), nonperishable foods, and medicines.
  • Practice good hygiene to avoid spreading germs, and cover your mouth and nose with fabric if exposed.

To see if your jurisdiction is prepared for a bioterrorism attack, check the American College Of Emergency Physicians National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com