Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion, or ransom.
Terrorism: A Guide to Domestic Preparedness
This brochure provides basic information about individual and family preparedness for possible disasters and public health emergencies, including acts of terrorism. Included are links and contact information for other agencies and organizations involved in emergency preparedness efforts.
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. These agents are typically found in nature, but it is possible that they could be changed to increase their ability to cause disease, make them resistant to current medicines, or to increase their ability to be spread into the environment.