If there is a threat of chemical, biological, or radiological agents being released into the air, UMGC will go into a lock-down situation where all personnel will be informed to shelter in place.
Chemical weapons are made up of poisonous chemical compounds, whereas biological weapons are living microorganisms. Most cause injury when inhaled, and some cause injury through contact with the skin or through ingestion of contaminated food.
A chemical or biological attack usually involves dispersing agents into the air. If released outdoors, these types of weapons can be affected by weather conditions. Rain would reduce the effectiveness of the agents, and wind would spread them in unexpected directions.
Chemical warfare agents can be grouped into two types: those that affect the body surface they contact, and those that damage the general nervous system. Biological weapons are a living organism. Biological warfare agents include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other living microorganisms.
In all threat conditions, tune in to local radio or TV stations. Pay close attention to all official warnings and instructions on how to proceed.