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An emergency is an event that has the potential to become life threatening to individuals.  The following are officially recognized categories of disasters:

Planned Disaster

Planned Disasters
BiologicalBiological attack occurs when a virus or germ is being released, causing widespread illness.
ChemicalChemical attack occurs when a gas or man-made chemicals is released, causing widespread illness.
NuclearNuclear attack consists of an explosion of intense heat and light, emitting dangerous radiation.
Terrorist AttackA terrorist attack occurs when terrorists attacks a structure or people, risking the safety of a nation or society (e.g. suicide bombings).

Natural Disaster

Natural Disasters
EarthquakeAn earthquake is a sudden movement of the earth caused by the abrupt release of strain that has accumulated over a long time.
FireThe underlying principle in providing safety from fire and smoke in buildings is that of safe egress - the efficient relocation of building occupants to an area of safety, usually outside the building.
FloodFlood occurs when there's disproportional amount of rainfall and could become destructive in surrounding areas.
HurricaneA hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, the generic term for a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics.
Thunder StormAny thunderstorm is dangerous as it produces lightning which can initiate wildfires or accompany more severe weather such as hail or tornado.
TornadoA tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour.
Winter StormA winter storm can bring significant amounts of snow, freezing rain or sleet to a region.
Updated: Monday, October 17, 2016
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