How can I prepare for a terrorist attack?

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You can do several things to prepare for and be ready to respond to a terrorist attack. These suggestions can benefit you and help you assist others:
  • Make a plan for yourself and those with whom you live. Prepare a disaster supplies kit.
  • Review your options so you have made decisions about what to do before something unexpected happens.
  • If you live alone, maintain social ties with coworkers, friends and family members. Keep their contact information with your other disaster supplies and equipment.
  • Keep a spare pair of glasses and extra medicine handy in case you need to leave quickly.
  • Learn about preparedness plans in your town and workplace. Contact your local emergency management agency.
  • Know your neighbors and how to get in touch with them.
  • Keep important documents in a safe, accessible place in case you need to leave your home.
  • Learn more about stress -- what it does, how you respond to it and ways to deal with it.
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