In the Event of Terrorism
Unlike a hurricane or a flood,
there will likely be no warning for a terrorist attack. So
what can you do to prepare?
Families need to know what to do to
locate each other in a disaster. A Family
Disaster Plan is very important and should be in place at all
times. Your family's plan should include emergency contacts,
identification of meeting places, and a disaster supply
Determine escape routes from
your home and meeting Places; including your child's school, a
neighbor or a public place.
Have an out-of-state friend or
relative as a family contact so all family members have a
single point of contact. Identify at least two ways of
contact (phone numbers, e-mail, etc.).
Make a pet plan now for what to
do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
Post emergency telephone
numbers by your telephones, on the refrigerator, in your
wallet or purse and in children's book bags or
backpacks. Make sure children know how and when to call
Stock nonperishable emergency
supplies and a disaster supply
Set up a
safe room or
improvised shelter in an interior room - windowless if
possible. Keep duct tape, plastic sheeting or garbage
bags to seal around windows and doors and to close off heating
and air conditioning ducts.
In the Event of a Terrorist
Leave the premises as quickly
and calmly as possible. If items are falling from above,
seek shelter under a sturdy table or desk. Exit as soon
If you are trapped in debris -
cover your mouth with a piece of cloth, tap on a pipe or wall
so that rescuers can hear where you are. Shout as a last
resort. Shouting can result in inhalation of dangerous
amounts of dust.
Assisting victims - untrained
persons should not attempt to rescue people in a collapsed
building. Wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
Stay low to the floor and exit
as quickly as possible.
Stay below the smoke at all
Cover your nose and mouth with
a wet cloth.
If the door is hot, do not open
it - seek an alternate escape route.
Mail Handling (suspicious
Leave suspicious letters or
packages alone. Do not touch or move the item(s), but
cover if possible.
Leave the vicinity immediately.
Instruct all who open or have
contact with suspicious items to wash hands with soap and
Contact local law enforcement
agency via 9-1-1.
Immediately collect contact
information of all people that may have been exposed.