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Terrorism Disaster Fact Sheet

“The threat of terrorism does not have to change your life...Just Be Prepared.”

How Should You Prepare for Terrorism?

Unlike with a hurricane or a flood, there will likely be no warning for a terrorist attack. We, can make sure that our families know what we would do to account for each other in a disaster. A Family Disaster Plan is critical and should be in place at all times.

Your family’s plan should include Emergency Contacts, identification of Rally Points, Disaster Supply Kit, and more.

With some simple planning this can be done and help alleviate the fear of the unknown.

Why Your Family Should Identify Rally Points...

Since your family is not together 24 hours a day, you need to consider how you would find each other in a disaster. Rally points (physical locations) should be identified for the most commonly frequented locations (i.e. work, school, neighbors). For example, if a crisis occurs at school a location where both parents and child designate to meet should be included in your plan.

Before, During, and After a Terrorist Incident....


  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended.
  • Learn where emergency exits are located.
  • Be ready to enact your Family Disaster Plan.


Building Explosion  leave as quickly and calmly as possible. If items are falling from above - get under a sturdy table or desk.

Fire  stay low to the floor and exit as quickly as possible. Cover nose and mouth with a wet cloth. If a door is hot to the touch, do not open it. Seek an alternate escape route. Stay below the smoke at all times.


If you are trapped in debris use a flashlight. Cover your mouth with a piece of cloth. Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear where you are. Use a whistle if available and shout as a last resort. Shouting can result in inhalation of dangerous amounts of dust.

Assisting victims untrained persons should not attempt to rescue people in a collapsed building. Wait for emergency personnel to arrive.

Chemical Agent  authorities will instruct you to either seek shelter and seal the premises or evacuate immediately.

What Actions Should You Take to be Prepared?

  • Talk to your family. Discuss the potential hazards and threats.
  • Develop your Family Disaster Plan to include rally points and have a third party as a common contact.
  • Practice your plan.
  • Terrorism does not mean you have to change your
    life. You only need to BE PREPARED.

Family Emergency Phone Numbers

  • 911
  • Out-of-town Family Contact
  • Schools
  • Work
  • Neighbors
  • County Emergency Management

Family Disaster Plans

Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet (Rally Points); including a child’s school, a neighbor or a public place. Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact. Have at least 2 ways of contact; e-mail, phone, etc. Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones, in your wallet or purse and make sure your children know how and when to call 911. Stock nonperishable emergency supplies and a disaster supply kit. Take First Aid, CPR, and disaster preparedness classes.

Disaster Supply Kit

  • Water  at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
  • Food  at least enough for 3 to 7 days
  • Blankets / Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing
  • First Aid Kit/Medicines
  • Special Items - for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Radio  Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
  • Keys
  • Toys, Books, and Games
  • Important documents
  • Tools
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items
Last Updated
Family Readiness Kit: Preparing to Handle Disasters, 2nd Edition
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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