Make a Plan
Plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. See our Family Communication Plan page.
Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the attack, the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Watch television, listen to the radio or use social media for official instructions as they become available.
Create a Plan to Shelter-in-Place. There are circumstances when staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside, a process know as sheltering-in-place and sealing the room can be a matter of survival. Consider precutting plastic sheeting to seal windows, doors and air vents. Each piece should be several inches larger than the space you want to cover so that you can duct tape it flat against the wall.
Create a Plan to get away. Plan in advance how you will assemble your family and anticipate where you will go. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency. If you have a car, keep at least a half tank of gas in at all times. Become familiar with alternate routes as well as other means of transportation out of your area. Take your emergency supply kit with you and lock the door behind you. Take pets with you if you are told to evacuate, however, if you are going to a public shelter, they may not be allowed inside. If you believe the air is contaminated, drive with your windows and vents closed and keep the air conditioner and heater off. Listen to the radio for instructions.
Know Emergency Plans at School and work. Talk to your children’s schools and your employer about emergency plans.