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Taking preparatory action for terrorism acts can reassure you and your family that you can exert a measure of control even in the face of such events.
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HEALTH & SAFETY

Terrorism

Devastating acts, such as the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, have left many concerned about the possibility of future incidents in the United States and their potential impact.  Taking preparatory action can reassure you and your family that you can exert a measure of control even in the face of such events.

What You Can Do To Prepare:

Create an emergency communications plan.  Choose an out-of-town contact your family will call or e-mail to check on each other should a disaster occur.

Establish a meeting place.  Having a predetermined meeting place away from your home will save time and minimize confusion.

Assemble a disaster supplies kit.  Prepare a kit in an easy to carry container such as a duffel bag or small plastic trash can.

Check on the school emergency plan of any children you have.  

A Word on What Could Happen:
As we learned from the events of September 11, 2001, the following things can happen after a terrorist attack:

  • There can be significant numbers of casualties and/or damage to buildings and infrastructure.  Employers need up-to-date information on any medical needs you have and how to contact your beneficiaries.
     
  • Heavy law enforcement involvement at local, state, and federal levels follows a terrorist attack due to the event's criminal nature.
     
  • Health and mental health resources in affected communities can be strained to their limits.
     
  • Extensive media coverage, strong public fear, and international implications and consequences can continue for a prolonged period.
     
  • Workplaces and schools may be closed and there may be restrictions on travel.
     
  • You and your family may have to evacuate an area.
     
  • Clean-up may take many months.


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Assemble a disaster   supplies kit that has:    

First aid kit and essential medications.

Canned food and can opener.

At least three gallons of water per person

Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.

Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.

Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.

Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)

Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places . . . a friend's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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