The likelihood of a WMD attack on America increases every single day. The decision to keep troops in terrorist hotspots like Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as making threatening noises to countries like Iran and North Korea means that plenty of people are looking to cause our country harm.
With a growing terrorist network, it becomes easier for them to get hold of the materials to make weapons of mass destruction and transport it to America for detonation.
When people talk about attacks by weapons of mass destruction, they typically think about a nuclear strike similar to the ones that happened over Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II. However, an attack of WMD refers to anything that causes a massive number of fatalities and injuries, such as the planes used in 9/11, and the resulting destruction. Other weapons that are considered WMD include:
The United States government has examined and updated a lot of the legislature surrounding the aftermath of an attack of WMD since the Cold War. The policy of Proportional Response means that while the country may not be able to retaliate with like for like weapons, each of the above attacks would be considered a nuclear strike on America and the country of origin would be subject to a swift retaliatory bombardment.
The government also has numerous different apocalypse response scenarios mapped to get vaccines, medical help and crowd control into the big cities within an hour of the initial strike.
Realistically, it may take the government a while to become organized, and if you are near ground zero during the WMD attack, you will need to start thinking about your own survival. You’ll need to find out where your nearest nuclear shelter is, or think about installing one in your basement or yard. You will also need to think about stockpiling LTS food (long-term storage) and water in case it is a while before help comes to your neighborhood.