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In the event of unsuspected events such as Terrorism, you are advised to Create an emergency communications plan; Establish a meeting place; and Assemble a disaster supply kit.

In case of an unexpected disaster:

  1. Remain calm and be patient.
  2. Follow the advice of local emergency officials.
  3. Listen to your radio or television for news and instructions.
  4. If the disaster occurs near you, check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.
  5. If the disaster occurs near your home or workplace, check for damage using a flashlight. DO NOT light matches or candles or turn on electrical switches. Check for fires, fire hazards and other hazards.  Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater.  If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.
  6. Shut off any other damaged utilities.
  7. Confine or secure your pets.
  8. Call your family contact - do not use the telephone again, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.


  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes so you can be protected as much as possible.
  • Take your disaster supplies kit.
  • Take your pets with you; do not leave them behind.  Because pets are not permitted in public shelters, follow your plan to go to a relative's or friend's home, or find a "pet-friendly" hotel.
  • Lock your home.
  • Use travel routes specified by local authorities - don't use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.

Listen to local authorities.  Follow their instructions is your safest choice.

If you are sure you have time:

  • Call your family contact to tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
  • Shut off water and electricity before leaving, if instructed to do so.  Leave natural gas service ON unless local officials advise you otherwise.  You may need gas for heating and cooking, and only a professional can restore gas service in your home/workplace once it's been turned off.  In a disaster situation it could take weeks for a professional to respond.