PREPARED COOK COUNTY
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.
Disease outbreaks that occur seasonally or are considered possible threats include:
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.