Know what can happen

The first step in being prepared for an emergency is to know the types of emergencies or disasters that could happen.

In suburban Cook County, the types of emergencies that are possible are extreme weather, communicable disease outbreaks, and bioterrorism as well as chemical or radiological events.

NATURAL DISASTERS AND SEVERE WEATHER

In Cook County, we know the following are possible. Click here to learn more about natural disasters and severe weather.

 

Winter Weather

 

Excessive Heat

 

Flood

 
 

Tornadoes

 

Lightning

 

DISEASE OUTBREAKS

Disease outbreaks that occur seasonally or are considered possible threats include:

 

Seasonal Flu

 

Pandemic Flu

 

West Nile Virus

 
 

Zika Virus

 

Syphilis

 

Bioterrorism

A bioterrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. Category A agents that pose the highest risk to the public include the items listed below. Click here to learn more about bioterrorism.

 

Anthrax

 

Botulism

 

Plague

 
 

Smallpox

 

Tularemia

 

Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

 

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