Before, during, and after

a terrorist incident


  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended.
  • Learn where emergency exits are located.
  • Be ready to enact your Family Disaster Plan


  • Building Explosion: leave as quickly and calmly as possible.
  • If items are falling from above: get under a sturdy table of desk.
  • Fire: stay low to the floor and exit as quickly as possible. Cover nose and mouth with a wet cloth. If a door is hot to the touch, DO NOT OPEN IT. Seek an alternative escape route. Stay below smoke at all times. 


  • If you are trapped in debris: use a flashlight. Cover your mouth with a a piece of cloth. Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear you. Use a whistle if available and shout as a last resort (shouting can result in inhalation of dangerous amounts of dust. 
  • Assisting victims: untrained persons should not attempt to rescue people in a collapsed building. Wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
  • Chemical agent: authorities will instruct you to either seek shelter and seal the premises or evacuate immediately.

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