Promoting and protecting the health and safety of all Idahoans
Public Health Hazards
|Public health threats that can affect you and your community here in Idaho come in a variety of forms. Natural disasters, such as earthquakes or flooding, can cause power outages, food shortages, and limit your access to healthcare and medications. In the event of a chemical or radiological disaster, you may need to shelter in place or evacuate. You can learn more about specific public health threats below.
A bioterrorism attack is the purposeful release of viruses,
bacteria, or other germs, known as agents, to cause illness
or death in people, animals, or plants. Often, these biological
agents can spread through the air, water or food supplies.
Click on "Resources" to learn more about specific biological
A chemical emergency is the intentional or unintentional
release of a hazardous material into the environment that
has the potential to harm people's health. Chemical
emergencies may require you to shelter in place or evacuate
depending on the hazardous material involved. If you come
in contact with an unknown substance, emergency
coordinators and public health officials in your area will let
you know if you need to decontaminate by removing your
clothing and washing affected areas. Click on "Resources"
to learn more about chemical emergencies.
Radiation emergencies may be caused by the intentional or
unintentional release of radioactive material. The scope,
magnitude, and distance of the radiation emergency will
determine the type of action you take. In the event of a
radiation emergency, your local and state government
will inform you of the appropriate response through a variety
of media outlets including tv and radio. Click on "Resources"
to learn more about radiation emergencies.
Idaho is no stranger to natural disasters and inclement
weather. Not only can earthquakes, floods, and harsh
winter weather cause structural damage, but they can
also pose risks to health. By getting an emergency
preparedness kit, making a plan and staying informed you
can be better prepared when mother nature strikes.
Click on "Resources" to tearn more about specific natural
disasters that occur in Idaho.