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Last updated at 3:35 (UK time) 9 Nov 2009

Victims of terrorist incidents

What to do in a chemical or biological incident

  • move away from the immediate area quickly but calmly
  • if you are underground, return to ground level as most chemicals are heavier than air and sink downwards
  • alert the emergency services if they are not already at the scene
  • make yourself known to the emergency staff and follow their instructions
  • don't leave the scene until the emergency services tell you to – you may need to be decontaminated to avoid spreading it to other people.

UK policy on international terrorism

The fight against global terrorism is one of our key objectives.

See the counter terrorism and weapons proliferation section for more information on our work, policy and partners.

Exceptional assistance measures for victims of terrorist incidents overseas

A ministerial statement [word document 94 KB, opens in a new window] on 2 June 2008 set out the financial assistance we may be able to offer in exceptional circumstances to British nationals affected by terrorist incidents overseas.