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- A well planned and executed terrorist NBC attack may result in thousands of casualties, many of whom can carry residual contamination on their clothing. A similar event using biological agents could result in the infection of tens of thousands.
- The presence of NBC agents in a terrorist act will overwhelm all factions of the emergency response system; medical, fire, police, HAZMAT teams, communications, support and clean-up will be most heavily burdened.
- The immediate area will have to be evacuated, tying up traffic and shutting down facilities for prolonged periods of time.
- Fear leads to widespread panic, which can result in the public losing faith in the ability of the government to protect their safety and welfare.