Key Steps that Individuals and Families Should Take to be Properly Prepared for
Improving our national
preparedness is not just a job for the professionals - law enforcement,
firefighters and others. All Americans should begin a process of learning
about potential threats so we are better prepared to react during an attack.
While there is no way to predict
what will happen, or what your personal circumstances will be, there are simple
things you can do now to prepare yourself and your loved ones.
an Emergency Kit
All of us should be able to
survive comfortably on our own for at least a three-day period. That's the
amount of time you may need to remain in your home until the danger from a
biological, chemical or radiological attack has passed. You'll need:
Our advice is to start now by gathering basic emergency supplies - a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, prescription medicines and toilet articles. Duct tape and heavy-duty plastic garbage bags can be used to seal windows and doors. Make sure all household members know where the kit is kept. You should also consider bringing a disaster supply kit to work or leaving one in your car.
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Planning helps. If your
family knows what to expect, they will be calmer in the aftermath of a terrorist
event. For example, you should find out where to turn for instructions, such as
local broadcasting networks. Local authorities will broadcast information as
quickly as possible concerning the nature of the emergency and what you should
do next. Be sure to keep listening for updates.