HOMELAND SECURITY ADVICE
It is important for families to take the steps necessary in preparation for unexpected emergencies. Any preparation beyond these basic steps should be left to emergency response agencies. Basic steps include:
Preparation of an Emergency Kit
First aid kit, blankets or sleeping bags, water, food, flash lights, medicines, devices to communicate, and toilet articles.
Emergency Communication Plan
Disasters can occur at any time so it is important to always “Be Prepared”. Insure that your family has emergency contact numbers by phones, in book bags, vehicles, work, and school.
Select safe areas in your house, outside your house, at school, church, and in your community.
Planning ahead is so important. Poor planning only makes disasters worse. Discuss with family members things like insurance, wills, where to turn for answers, and directions. Learn CPR and first aid. And last, but not least, remain calm.
- Information for Schools
- Information for Workplaces
- Information for Families & Individuals
Businesses and schools should have emergency preparedness plans in place for disasters. These plans should involve employees and teachers.
Organize a group to create security and crisis plans. Because of the crisis we face in the United States we all must be aware of our surroundings. This includes paying close attention to all outer perimeter locations surrounding your buildings. Discuss with staff procedures for the control of visitors. Study and develop policy on security measures in case emergencies occur in school transportation.
Secure areas that involve building utilities. Insure that adequate foods and water is present in case of disaster. Make adequate medical preparations for students or office personnel. Have in place a communication plan for notifying those within your building of an emergency and steps that should be taken. Also have available emergency contact numbers.
Consult with the Red Cross to have training in CPR and first aid for your employees. Remember that you can never plan and prepare enough. More information will be available in future newsletters.