GENERAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Your federal, state, and local law enforcement and government agencies are working hard every day to prevent terrorism in America. But there are some things that you can do too.
KNOW THE ROUTINE
Be alert as you go about your daily business. This will help you to learn the normal routines of your neighborhood, community, and workplace. Understanding these routines will help you to spot anything out of place.
Get to know your neighbors at home and while traveling. Be on the lookout for suspicious activities such as unusual conduct in your neighborhood, in your workplace, or while traveling. Learn to spot suspicious packages, luggage, or mail abandoned in a crowded place like an office building, an airport, a school, or a shopping center.
TAKE WHAT YOU HEAR SERIOUSLY
If you hear or know of someone who has bragged or talked about plans to harm citizens in violent attacks or who claims membership in a terrorist organization, take it seriously and report it to law enforcement immediately.
1) Make a list of important local numbers, such as the non-emergency numbers for the police department, fire department, and FBI field office. Keep those numbers by the phone and make copies for yourself and your family to keep in your wallets.
2) Write down phone numbers and contact information for your family. Keep one copy by the phone and provide others to family and friends.
3) Make a neighborhood directory and plan. Include emergency contact information and plans for children and seniors who may be home alone during emergency situations.
4) Make your house easy to find. Make sure your street or apartment address number is large and well lighted so that emergency personnel can find your home quickly.
5) Organize an emergency preparedness kit. Check batteries, change the stored water, and rotate the food supplies every six months. Your kit should contain the following supplies:
* A three-to-five day supply of water (one gallon per person per day)
* Food that will not spoil and requires no cooking.
* A first-aid kit and needed medicines(consult your physician or pharmacist about storing medications).
* Emergency tools like a battery-powered radio, cell phones, flashlight, and extra batteries.
* Personal items like toilet paper and plastic garbage bags.
* A portable emergency generator if possible.
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