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:
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.
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.