Most bombing attacks occur in public places. You and your family should know what to do in the event of an explosion.
What to do if you and your family are near the scene of a bombing:
- Get under a solid table or desk if things are falling around you.
- Leave the place quickly when you can.
- Avoid walking on weakened floors and stairways, and be especially vigilant about falling debris. Do not use elevators.
- Follow your emergency plan to stay far away from the explosion.
- Do not stop to make any calls or to retrieve personal possessions.
- Do not return to the place of the attack because you will increase the risk of danger for your family.
- Avoid crowded places because there could be another attack.
- Avoid unattended cars and trucks because these could carry explosives.
- Do not stand near damaged buildings nor in front of windows, glass doors, or other potentially dangerous areas.
- Move at least ten blocks or 200 yards away from damaged buildings.
- Move away from sidewalks or streets that will be used by emergency officials or other people still exiting the building.
- Call 911 when you can if the authorities have not arrived to help wounded people.
- Follow directions from officials.
- Help individuals in need, if you can, and give them the first aid.
- Seek help if someone is seriously injured and do not attempt to rescue them alone.
- Listen to the news for further instructions.
Biological, Chemical, or Nuclear Attacks
In case one of these attacks occurs, you may need to stay in your house. So, what to do before these threats arise:
- Have an emergency supply kit in which you should include water, non-perishable food, radio with batteries, flashlights, and extra batteries.
- Buy a roll of duct tape and scissors and add them to your emergency supply kit. Buy enough plastic for doors and windows. The vents are also efficient for the room in which you will stay.
- Increase your emergency supplies to be adequate for up to two weeks, during periods of heightened threat.
- Make a Family Emergency Plan.
- Plan meeting places with your family.
- Local numbers may be unavailable so you should designate an out-of-town contact number.
- Be familiar with emergency plans where your family spends time. Volunteer to help create one if no plans are in place.
- Know your community’s warning systems and disaster plans.
- Ask where are your community’s evacuation routes.
- If no public buildings have been designated as fallout shelters, make your own list of potential accommodations. You have the following options: basements, subways and tunnels. Look for the safest place in the buildings until it is safe to go out.
- Make plans for your pets.
- In case it is a chemical threat, choose an inside room for shelter. One without windows and on the highest level of your home is best.
- Children and older adults are vulnerable to biological agents. So, check with your doctor to be sure all vaccines are up to date.
- Consider installing an air filter in your furnace return duct to filter out the biological agents that may enter your house.
- You should know that the communication between family members is vital for a successful plan and a positive outcome after a terrorist attack. Families can better prepared if they already have plans before, during, and after an event.
- Let your children get involved in the process of creating a plan and making emergency kits.
- Most importantly, keep in mind that children will follow the parent’s reactions. So, set a proactive tone for emergency preparedness and your kid will help you.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by too many activities, follow the next guide in case of a terrorist attack:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Leave if you feel strange or if you feel something is not right.
- Take precautions when traveling.
- Be aware of the suspicious behavior.
- Do not accept anything from strangers and monitor your luggage.
- Immediately report unusual behavior, suspicious or unattended packages, and strange devices to police or security.
- Know where the emergency exits are in buildings that you often visit. Make a plan how to get out if an emergency occurs.
- Be ready to function without communication, electricity, gasoline pumps, gas and cash registers.
- If you work or live in a large building, talk with the managers or owners to be sure that they will install the following items on each floor:
- Portable, battery-operated radio with extra batteries
- Several flashlights and extra batteries
- First aid kits and manual
- Hard hats and dust masks
- Fluorescent tape to rope off dangerous areas
Numerous terrorist attack the U.S., and there will be more. There are many counter-terrorism measures, and our hope is that this technology can predict future attacks or at least halt terrorists before they can take action.
Do you believe the best way to keep your family safe is to prepare and establish plans for various scenarios? Are you going to do that? Share your thoughts in the comments section bellow.