Not gonna let them get the best of me and turn me into a paranoid survivalist.
Well there's a difference between being prepared and being paranoid. If you aren't prepared, they will get the best of you. Everybody should have a 72 hour emergency supply. This is good preparation regardless of the current situation we are in. It should contain some basic essentials. Things you will need for a 72 hour survival. First aid, water, some food, cash, photocopies of important documents (identification, birth certificates, etc), blankets, fire starters, etc. After these recent events I'm adding dust masks to my kit. Good for any major earthquake as well.
This is especially important if you live in areas that get hit by natural disasters (earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes). However, if you live in a "safe" zone you should also be prepared as well. Natural disasters can strike anywhere at anytime. Those places that aren't prepared will feel it the worst.
BTW, is Anthrax a spore or a bacteria? I've seen it described as both as you can breathe it in, absorb it through the skin, eat it in raw meat, or drink it.
The following are excerpts from here: Anthrax
Anthrax (malignant edema, woolsorters' disease)
What is anthrax?
Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax most commonly occurs in warm-blooded animals, but can also infect man. Anthrax spores can be produced in a dry form (for biological warfare ) which may be stored and ground into particles. When inhaled by humans, these particles cause respiratory failure and death within a week.
How is anthrax transmitted?
Anthrax infection can occur in three forms: cutaneous (skin), inhalation, and gastrointestinal. B. anthracis spores can live in the soil for many years and humans can become infected with anthrax by handling animal products from infected animals or by inhaling anthrax spores from contaminated animal products. Anthrax can also be spread by eating undercooked meat from infected animals. It is rare to find infected animals in the United States.
How soon after infection do symptoms appear?
The incubation period is usually within seven days.