Disasters that are not caused by the weather, such as pandemics, hazardous material spills, and chemical attacks can occur no matter where you live — and Orange County is no exception.
Natural disasters from earthquakes to wildfires, are emergencies that can shock us, but man-made disasters can result in a mixture of emotion from shock to anger to blame. Whether it's a chemical spill, groundwater contamination, or a terrorist attack, an man-made disaster - whether accidental or intentional - can be difficult to comprehend.
The 9-11 terrorist attacks put us all on guard from external attacks against our country. Man-made disasters can elicit an emotional response, but we also must be prepared for a physical response if needed. Emergency kits that include extra water and a first aid kit can be critical during an unnatural disaster if first responders are unable to arrive quickly.
Biological warfare is a deliberate attack by releasing germs, toxins, or other biological substances that can kill or disable people, food supplies, and crops. Bacteria, viruses, and toxins are the three basic groups of biological agents likely to be used as weapons. These biological agents are spread through animals, food supply contamination, person-to-person contact, and spraying them into the air.
We use hazardous materials in our homes and businesses every day. In the event of a major spill, authorities will instruct you on the best course of action. Also, be aware of chemical attacks, which is the deliberate release of a toxic gas, liquid, or solid that can poison people and the environment.
Orange County residents rely on working utilities for everyday living and working, so the ability to function without electric power, water, and/or gas if necessary is vital. Power outages often occur during the summer months, when customer demand reaches its peak.
Chemical agents are poisonous vapors, aerosols, liquids, and solids that have toxic effects on people, animals, or plants. Chemical agents can cause death, but are difficult to deliver in deadly amounts because they dissipate quickly outdoors and are hard to produce.