What can you do?
September 11, 2001 was a devastating tragedy and senseless act of cowardly terrorism. Americans did not succumb to the intent of the terrorist’s acts. Americans became united in their efforts to thwart future attacks against our great nation. Americans also concentrated their efforts by donating food, blood, money and most importantly their commitment to their community, ensuring that America will persevere.
The National Crime Prevention Council, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice, compiled the “Citizen’s Preparedness Guide”. This pamphlet provides suggestions for preparedness in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, places of worship, and public areas. Although the suggestions stem from terrorist attacks against our nation, Americans will benefit from increased awareness and will be prepared for any type of emergency. The following are selected excerpts from the 24-page document:
General Emergency Preparedness
- Know the routines. Be alert as you go about your daily business. If you learn the routines of your neighbors, community and workplace, it will be easier to help you spot anything unusual or out of place.
- Be Aware. Be on the lookout for suspicious activities such as unusual conduct in your neighborhood, workplace, or while traveling. Learn to spot suspicious packages, luggage, or mail abandoned in a crowded place like an office building, an airport, a school, or a shopping center.
- Take what you hear seriously. If you hear or know of someone who as bragged or talked about plans to harm citizens in violent attacks or who claims membership in a terrorist organization, take it seriously and report it to law enforcement immediately.
All Non-Emergency Numbers.....
- Make a list of important local numbers. Write down important local numbers such as non-emergency numbers for police, fire, and the FBI field office.
Green Bay Police
Brown Co. Sheriff
De Pere Police
FBI Field Office / Green Bay
These are non-emergency numbers. In the event of an emergency, dial 911.
- Write down phone numbers and contact information for your family. Keep one copy by the telephone and provide a copy of the list to family and friends.
- Make a neighborhood directory and plan. Include emergency Contact information and plans for children and seniors who may be home alone during emergency situations. Identify neighbors who need additional help, such as young children, seniors, and those with disabilities, and develop a plan to assist them in an emergency.
- Make your house easy to find. Make sure that your street address number is large and well lighted so that emergency personnel can find your residence quickly.
- Organize an emergency preparedness kit. Check batteries, changed the stored water, and rotate the food supplies every six months. Your kit should contain the following supplies:
-3 to 5-day supply of water (1gal per person/per day)
-Food that will not spoil and requires no cooking
-First-aid kit and needed medicines
-Emergency tools i.e. battery- powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries Personal items such as toilet paper and plastic bags
-Portable emergency generator if possible
To obtain the complete 24-page pamphlet, log on to www.citizencorps.gov, or call 1-800-USA-CORPS. Attorney General John Ashcroft said, “ Your country has never needed you more. It is only your commitment to protecting your family and neighbors that will truly make the difference. Thank you for your dedication to standing united to make America stronger.”
- Develop a home evacuation plan and practice it with your family and neighbors. Know what to do if you are instructed to evacuate your home or community.
- Every child should know the route out of your home in case of a fire or other emergency.
- Find at least two ways out of each room in your home, if possible.
If you live in an apartment, know the evacuation plan.
- Agree on a place nearby to meet once everyone gets out of the house or apartment.
- Plan how to take care of pets
- Learn how to shut off utilities such as gas, electricity, and water.