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Recent Notices from 
The U.S. Department of HomeLand Security
Page Last Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 01:01 AM

 

“Terrorism forces us to make a choice.
We can be afraid. Or we can be ready.” 

  • Secretary Tom Ridge,
    U. S. Department of Homeland Security
    www.dhs.gov

 


 

Preparing America

"In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility on March 1st for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation. This will entail providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to any large-scale crisis and mounting a swift and effective recovery effort.  The new Department will also prioritize the important issue of citizen preparedness. Educating America's families on how best to prepare their homes for a disaster and tips for citizens on how to respond in a crisis will be given special attention at DHS."

 


Planning & Prevention


Three Key Steps that Individuals and Families Should Take to be Properly Prepared for Unexpected Emergencies

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.

 

1)  Assemble 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.

 

2) Make a Family Communication Plan

 

3) Learn More About Readiness

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.

There are other ways to plan ahead.  Take a first aid and CPR class so that you can provide emergency medical help. Review your insurance policies to reduce the economic impact of a potential disaster. Remember to make accomodations for elderly family members and neighbors or those with special needs. Finally, try to make arrangements for pets not allowed in public shelters.

 

 

 


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