Texas Poison Center Network and Terrorism

Enhancing our domestic preparedness has become a national priority. The TPCN plays an important role in our preparedness. We can help recognize and detect threats and ensure appropriate treatment should an event occur.

Our specially trained staff of doctors, nurses, and pharmacists can respond to calls about medications, human exposures, bioterrorism, chemical spills, or other events involving hazardous materials.

Bioterrorism is the intentional release of germs or other biological substances such as toxins that cause illness or death among people. picture of a hazmat team working on a chemical spill
Biological agents, such as anthrax, do not cause contagious diseases. Others, such as the smallpox virus, can lead to diseases that can pass from person to person. In some cases, biological agents may not result in immediate symptoms or the symptoms may be similar to naturally occurring illnesses such as a cold or influenza.
Chemical Agents can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin. These chemicals can come from contaminated food, water, or air. Symptoms may be immediate and range from a mild irritant to painful skin or lung injury.

For more information about biological and chemical agents, visit: www.dshs.state.tx.us/preparedness/bioterrorism


The action you take depends on the following:


If you are inside, and the event is outside:

If you are inside, and the event is inside:

If you are outside, and the event is outside:

To order our brochure, "Texas Poison Center Network and Terrorism", contact your poison center at 1-800-222-1222 or click on Order Materials.


How to prepare your family

Planning
Each family should have a family plan for emergencies, whether they are natural or man-made. For a sample disaster kit, visit the American Red Cross website at: http://www.redcross.org under Disaster Services.

Education
Educate your family so they will know the plan.

Volunteer
Volunteer your services in your community and be trained to help. Consider volunteering to PROTECT TEXAS.  To learn more, visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/comprep. Click on PROTECT TEXAS Volunteers.


What should the public do for a suspected biological or chemical poisoning?

For more information or to schedule a presentation for your friends or community groups, contact a poison center educator at 1-800-222-1222.

 

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The information provided in this website is offered for general informational and educational purposes only; it is not offered as and does not constitute medical advice. While we try to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy or reliability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website.