Current NTAS Level - Heightened Level of Vigilance
National Terrorism Advisory System
The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). This new system will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.
It recognizes that Americans all share responsibility for the nation's security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and what they should do.
TERRORISM...How to Prepare
Unlike a natural disaster, there will likely be NO WARNING for a terrorism attack. A Family Disaster Plan is critical and should be in place at all times. Your family's plan should include emergency contacts and a Disaster Supply Kit.
BEFORE an incident:
Be alert and aware of your surroundings
Take precautions when traveling and watch for 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
A Building Explosion - Leave as quickly as possible
If items are falling from above, get under a sturdy table or desk
Fire - stay as low to the floor as possible. Cover nose and mouth with a wet cloth. If door is hot to the touch, do not open it - seek an alternate escape route. Stay below the smoke at all times
If you are trapped in debris - use a flashlight. Cover your mouth with a piece of cloth. Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear where you are. Use a whistle if one is available, and shout as a last resort (you can inhale 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
How to Shelter-In-Place or Evacuate in the Event of an Emergency
If you are told to Shelter-In-Place in a chemical emergency or other emergency:
Go inside a building. Go to an above ground room, not the basement, with the fewest windows and doors
Take your Family Disaster Supplies Kit with you.
Listen to TV or radio for information
(For minimal protection while you are gathering your family and securing your home), cover mouth and nose with a damp cloth
Close all doors and windows.
Jam the cracks with wet towels.
Tape around doors, windows, exhaust fans or vents.
Use plastic garbage bags to cover the windows, outlets, and heat registers
TURN OFF air conditioners, heaters, and fans
DO NOT use fire places.
Extinguish the fire. Close the damper.
DO NOT go to schools to pick up children.
Children will be cared for by school personnel.
STAY in the room and listen to your radio until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate.
Keep and maintain a Shelter-In-Place Kit:
Radio with Fresh Batteries
First Aid Kit with Scissors
Plastic Garbage Bag
Prescribed medicines or a list of them.
If you are told there is danger of an Explosion:
Close the window shades, blinds, or curtains
To avoid injury, stay away from the windows
If you are told to Evacuate in a chemical emergency:
Gather a change of clothing
Baby/dietary needs and medicines (Family Disaster Kit)
Don't turn off your refrigerator, but do turn off all other appliances and lights before locking your home as you leave
Take one car to the evacuation site
Keep car windows closed and locked when traveling
Shut off all vents
DO NOT use the car air conditioner or heater
Lock the car doors
DO NOT go to schools to pick up children
Children will be cared for by school personnel
DO NOT take short cuts, because they could put you in the path of danger - take the route you are told to take