Terrorism in an intentional violent action intended to attain political or ideological goals. These events can range greatly in type and size and could happen anytime and in any place, often with little or no warning. Some actions are immediately apparent and some can take time to manifest. These threats have brought about large-scale losses of life, the destruction of property, widespread illness and injury, the displacement of large numbers of people and devastating economic loss. Nevertheless, there are things you can do to prepare for the unexpected. Preparing for such events will reduce the stress that you may feel now, and later, should another emergency arise.