Preparing makes Sense
The likelihood that you, your business, and your family will survive a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit strategy as it does calling on a well-trained fire department. The same is true for surviving a terrorist attack or any other emergency disaster situation. We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when a disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector, preparing for the unexpected makes sense. Prepare now!
Organize a kit of emergency supplies. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, or maybe even longer. While there are many things that might make you more comfortable, think first about planning to have fresh water, food, and clean air. Plan for a gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation. Also include a three-day supply of non-perishable foods that are easy to store and prepare, such as protein bars, dried fruit, or canned foods. If you live in a cold weather climate, consider including warm clothes and a sleeping bag in your emergency kit as well. Some potential terrorist attacks could send tiny microscopic particles into the air. Many of these materials can only hurt you if they get into your body, so think about creating a barrier between yourself and any contamination. It’s smart to pack something to cover your mouth and nose, such as two to three layers of a cotton t-shirt, handkerchief or towel, or a filtered mask. It is also recommended you include duct tape and heavyweight garbage bags in your emergency kit that can be used to seal windows and doors to create a barrier between yourself and any contamination on the other side.
Make a plan for what you will do in an emergency situation. Plan in advance what you will do, and be prepared to assess the situation when the time comes. Whether a disaster strikes in your home or place of business, consider developing a communications plan so you have a way to contact family members or co-workers. Be sure each person knows the plan and review it ahead of time. Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the disaster, the first important decision you will need to determine is whether you should stay put or evacuate. It is recommended you have a plan in place for both possibilities.
Be informed about what might happen. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. By beginning the process of learning about specific threats relative to where you work or live, you are preparing yourself to react in an emergency. Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances, and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. With simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected.