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Preparedness for Acts of Terrorism


First and Foremost: Prepare your personal Disaster Plan and if you own a business, prepare your Business Plans.


  General Recommendations
  Cyber attacks
  Building Explosions
  Bomb threats
  Suspicious mail
  Nuclear and radiological attack














General Recommendations

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, leave.
  • When traveling, do not accept packages from strangers even for a minute and do not leave your own bags unattended, even for a minute.
  • Report suspicious packages or strange devices to authorities.
  • When entering a building or congested area, take not of departure routes.
  • When entering an upper floor of an unfamiliar building, take notice of stairways.
  • Know where fire extinguishers and hard hats are located in buildings where you spend a lot of time. 
  • Know how to use fire extinguishers.


Cyber attacks

  • Identify ways to live without vital services such as electricity, telephone, gasoline pumps, ATM transactions, etc.
  • Be familiar with evacuation and shelter-in-place procedures because cyber attacks may trigger other types of emergencies.


Building Explosion

  • Know evacuation procedures and emergency routes very well.
  • Know where fire extinguishers are located and know how to use them.
  • Make sure your work disaster kit includes portable, battery-operated radios and extra batteries, battery-operated flashlights and extra batteries, first aid kit, hard hats, and fluorescent tape to rope off hazardous areas.

Bomb Threats

  • If you receive a bomb threat, keep the person on a line, get as much information as possible, and write it all down.
  • Inform the police and the building management.
  • Do not touch any suspicious packages and clear the vicinity of such packages.
  • Stay away from windows, glass doors, or other hazardous areas.
  • If you evacuate, keep moving and do not block pathways that may be used by emergency personnel.


Suspicious Mail

Chemical or biological attacks


Make sure that your Disaster Kit contains sanitation supplies including soap, water, and bleach.
Be sure to have duct tape, scissors, and plastic for doors, windows, and vents for the room in which you will shelter-in-place.


Nuclear and radiological attack

  • Learn about warning signals used in your community.  See the information about Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant.
  • Identify possible fall-out shelters in your community and inform all members of your household about those locations.
  • Identify below ground shelters, such as a basement, and if not available, identify a safe room.  See the shelter-in-place section.







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