As the 10th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 fast approaches; the threat of a new terrorist attack on US soil increases by the day. The anniversary along with the recent capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden will serve as inspiration for terrorists, both foreign and home grown. We keep hearing about this threat, but what do we do about it. Following are a few tips to help you prepare:
Prepare an emergency kit with first-aid supplies, non-perishable food items, flashlights, candles, matches and a battery powered radio. In the event of a blackout or a power outage caused by a terrorist attack, you will need all of these things in your home.
Create an emergency plan for your family including what to do if an attack or natural disaster happens while everyone is at home as well as during the day when people are at work and school. Make sure all family members know what they should do.
Keep original copies of important documents, passports and social security cards in a small safe in your house. You should have copies of your important documents saved in a safety deposit box in another town in the event of a fire or a terrorist attack that prevents you from going home to retrieve your important documents.
Keep a few hundred dollars in the small safe as well. In the event of a terrorist attack or blackout, you may not be able to access money from your bank or ATMs.
If you commute by public transportation, be very aware of your surroundings. If you see something strange, like an abandoned box or piece of luggage or a person acting in a threatening manner, report it to the police. Don’t second guess yourself, it is better to trust your instincts and be wrong than to ignore them and fail to report something that could prevent injury to yourself or your fellow passengers.
Keep a small towel, a bottle of water and a flashlight in your bag. If there is an explosion and you are have to evacuate, wet the towel and put it over your mouth. The wet towel will filter out some of the smoke, dust and toxins from the explosion.
More tips to come…