Man-Made Hazards and Threats

A man-made disaster differs from natural disasters. The incident results from hazards involving an element of human intent, negligence or error, or threats involving a failure of a man-made system.

  1. Epidemics
  2. Fire
  3. Hazardous Materials


Epidemics potentially can have a far greater impact on a population a bad flu season. Many people get sick with the flu each year, but when cases skyrocket, it is considered an epidemic.

When a global outbreak of a new disease occurs, causing serious illness across national borders, it is considered a pandemic.

Dallas County Health and Human Services is an excellent source for information on health issues within the county, as well as where to find vaccines.

Preparing for the epidemic or pandemic:

  • Learn about the types of epidemics and how they can affect you.
  • Ensure your Emergency Supply Kit is ready.
  • Follow directions from officials about sheltering-in-place or evacuating.
  • Practice healthy habits that help protect you and others:

    • Wash your hands.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.