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TERRORISM...How to Prepare
Unlike a natural disaster, there will likely be NO WARNING for a terrorism attack. A Family Disaster Plan is critical and should be in place at all times. Your family's plan should include emergency contacts and a Disaster Supply Kit.

BEFORE an incident:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings
  • Take precautions when traveling and watch for conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended
  • Learn where emergency exits are located
  • Be ready to enact your Family Disaster Plan


  • A Building Explosion - Leave as quickly as possible
  • If items are falling from above, get under a sturdy table or desk
  • Fire - stay as low to the floor as possible. Cover nose and mouth with a wet cloth. If door is hot to the touch, do not open it - seek an alternate escape route. Stay below the smoke at all times


  • If you are trapped in debris - use a flashlight. Cover your mouth with a piece of cloth. Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear where you are. Use a whistle if one is available, and shout as a last resort (you can inhale dangerous amounts of dust)
  • Assisting Victims - untrained persons should not attempt to rescue people in a collapsed building. Wait for emergency personnel to arrive
  • Chemical Agent - authorities will instruct you to either seek shelter and seal the premises or evacuate immediately

How to Shelter-In-Place or Evacuate in the Event of an Emergency
If you are told to Shelter-In-Place in a chemical emergency or other emergency:

  • Go inside a building. Go to an above ground room, not the basement, with the fewest windows and doors
  • Take your Family Disaster Supplies Kit with you.
  • Listen to TV or radio for information
  • (For minimal protection while you are gathering your family and securing your home), cover mouth and nose with a damp cloth
  • Close all doors and windows.
  • Jam the cracks with wet towels.
  • Tape around doors, windows, exhaust fans or vents.
  • Use plastic garbage bags to cover the windows, outlets, and heat registers
  • TURN OFF air conditioners, heaters, and fans
  • DO NOT use fire places.
  • Extinguish the fire. Close the damper.
  • DO NOT go to schools to pick up children.
  • Children will be cared for by school personnel.
  • STAY in the room and listen to your radio until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate

Keep and maintain a Shelter-In-Place Kit:

  • Bath/Hand Towels
  • Duct Tape
  • Flashlight
  • Radio with Fresh Batteries
  • Non-Perishable Foods
  • Bottled Water
  • First Aid Kit with Scissors
  • Plastic Garbage Bag
  • Prescribed medicines or a list of them

If you are told there is danger of an Explosion:

  • Close the window shades, blinds, or curtains
  • To avoid injury, stay away from the windows

If you are told to Evacuate in a chemical emergency:

  • Gather a change of clothing
  • Baby/dietary needs and medicines (Family Disaster Kit)
  • Don't turn off your refrigerator, but do turn off all other appliances and lights before locking your home as you leave
  • Take one car to the evacuation site
  • Keep car windows closed and locked when traveling
  • Shut off all vents
  • DO NOT use the car air conditioner or heater
  • Lock the car doors
  • DO NOT go to schools to pick up children
  • Children will be cared for by school personnel
  • DO NOT take short cuts, because they could put you in the path of danger - take the route you are told to take
  • Evacuate quickly and stay calm



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