- Learn about the nature of terrorism.
- Terrorists often choose targets that offer little danger to themselves
and areas with relatively easy public access.
- Foreign terrorists look for visible targets where they can avoid
detection before or after an attack such as international airports,
large cities, major international events, resorts, and high-profile
- Learn about the different types of terrorist weapons including explosives,
kidnappings, hijackings, arson, and shootings.
- Prepare to deal with a terrorist incident by adapting many of the
same techniques used to prepare for other crises.
- Be alert and aware of the surrounding area. The very nature of terrorism
suggests that there may be little or no warning.
- Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual
behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage
- Learn where emergency exists are located. Think ahead about how to
evacuate a building, subway or congested public area in a hurry. Learn
where staircases are located.
- Notice your immediate surroundings. Be aware of heavy or breakable
objects that could move, fall or break in an explosion.
Preparing for a Building Explosion
The use of explosives by terrorists can result in collapsed buildings
and fires. People who live or work in a multi-level building can do the
- Review emergency evacuation procedures. Know where fire exits are
- Keep fire extinguishers in working order. Know where they are located,
and how to use them. (Contact your local fire department for training).
Learn first aid. Contact the local chapter of the American Red Cross
for additional information.
Keep the following items in a designated place on each floor of the building:
For additional information the following web sites may be useful:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.bt.cdc.gov
U.S. Department of Energy: www.energy.gov
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: www.hhs.gov
Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.fema.gov
Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov/swercepp
John Hopkins University: www.hopkins-biodefense.org
Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared
North Carolina Government Homeland Security: http://www.ncgov.com/asp/subpages/safety_security.asp