Furthermore, most emergency programs must do with comparatively familiar challenges (floods, hurricanes, industrial events, and such) and simple consequences. In the event of terrorism, however, entirely new approaches to emergency planning are under development for many different reasons. The timing of future terrorist attacks is inconsistent and entirely unpredictable. Unlike hurricanes, there’s absolutely not any time for an attack launched by a terrorist. Secondly, attacks can be of any size and occur in a number of regions simultaneously or sequentially (secondary strikes), severely taxing resources at each level. Third, the possibility in addition to the fact of terrorism engenders substantial psychological injury, and the whole population may experience deleterious consequences beyond the actual damage of the attack itself. Fourth, the real weapons of terror aren’t generally familiar to the general public, to health and public health officials, or even to classic disaster planners.
While we traditionally have believed that kids would be subjected to terrorism as secondary victims, in the region of the attack, they might also function as intended victims. In an attempt to cause maximal terror, a terrorist might opt to make an event specifically targeted at youngsters. Recent evidence has demonstrated that targeting children isn’t just a possibility but a probability and is obviously on the minds of terrorists. In 2002, documents which were captured from senior al-Qaeda planner Suleiman Abu Gheith and interpreted read, “We haven’t reached parity with [the Americans]. Moreover, in 2003 the Singapore government foiled an al-Qaeda–connected strategy to attack an American college (in Singapore) with 3000 American expatriate children. These 3 examples demonstrate that although conventional preparation addressed children in proportion to their numbers in society, we now must think about primary pediatric events. Such attacks would produce numerous psychiatric victims that would be considerably larger than their percentage in the community-at-large, thus placing a exceptional strain on pediatric care in all aspects of recovery and response.