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Terrorism, Hurricanes, Bird Flu & Homeland Security

Thursday, 04 August 2005 12:00 AM

The booklet "Preparing Makes Sense. Get Ready Now" offers some very basic tips that you can implement right now to better prepare yourself and your family.

Now may be good time to review some of the ideas expressed in this 12-page booklet produced by the Department of Homeland Security.

While there are many things that might make you comfortable, think first about fresh water, food and clean air. Remember to include, and periodically rotate, medications you take every day such as insulin and heart medicine. Plan to store items in an easy-to-carry bag such as a shopping bag, backpack or duffle bag.

Consider two kits. In one, put everything you will need to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you have to get away.

Think about the places where your family spends time: school, work and other places that you frequent. Ask about their emergency plans. Find out how they will communicate with families during an emergency. If they do not have an emergency plan, consider helping develop one.

Above all, stay calm, be patient and think before you act. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected. If you have a working smoke detector, you understand that preparing makes sense. Get ready now.

This is, of course, a very brief review of some of the ideas suggested in the booklet "Preparing Makes Sense. Get Ready Now."

For more information and details on these vital topics, go to www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY. Also, contact your local department of emergency management.

No matter how good our government agencies are in attempting to prevent any threats before they occur, we must take personal responsibility and do our part by at least taking the simple steps, as suggested by the Department of Homeland Security and other emergency management agencies, in planning for the unexpected.

The first step in strengthening our national security starts with you and me.

(Note: If you manufacture or distribute any Security, Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Defense or Crime Prevention related products, please send information on your product line for possible future reference in this column to: CrimePrevention123@yahoo.com.)

Copyright 2005 by Bruce Mandelblit

"Staying Safe" with Bruce Mandelblit is a regular column for the readers of NewsMax.com and NewsMax.com Magazine.

Bruce welcomes your thoughts. His email address is: CrimePrevention123@yahoo.com.

Bruce is a nationally known security journalist, as well as a recently retired, highly decorated reserve Law Enforcement Officer.

Bruce writes Staying Safe, a weekly syndicated column covering the topics of security, safety and crime prevention.

Bruce was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel – the state's highest honor – for his public service.

This column is provided for general information purposes only. Please check with your local law enforcement agency and legal professional for information specific to you and your jurisdiction.

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