Overall
Why Prepare?
Citizen
Local
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Basic Preparedness
Getting Informed
Planning and Checklists
Special Needs
Disaster Supplies Kit
Shelter
Others

Natural Hazards
Floods
Hurricanes
Thunderstorms and lightning
Tornadoes
Winter storms and extreme cold
Extreme heat
Earthquakes
Volcanoes
Landslides and debris flow
Tsunamis
Fires
Wildfires

Technological Hazards
Hazardous materials incidents
Household chemical emergencies
Nuclear power plant emergencies

Terrorism
Explosions
Biological threats
Chemical threats
Nuclear blasts
Radiological dispersion device events

Recovering from Disaster
Health and safety guidelines
Returning home
Seeking disaster assistance
Coping with disaster
Helping others
 

Explosions
Terrorists have frequently used explosive devices as one of their most common weapons. Explosive devices are highly portable using vehicles and humans as a means of transport. They are easily detonated from remote locations or by suicide bombers.
Conventional bombs have been used to damage and destroy financial, political, social and religious institutions. Attacks have occurred in public places and on city streets with thousands of people around the world injured and killed.
Parcels that should make you suspicious:
Are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you

Have no return address

Are marked with restrictive endorsements such as “Personal,” “Confidential” or “Do not X-ray”

Have protruding wires or aluminum foil, strange odors or stains.

Show a city or state in the postmark that doesn’t match the return address

Are of unusual weight given their size or are lopsided or oddly shaped

Are marked with threatening language

Have inappropriate or unusual labeling

Have excessive postage or packaging material, such as masking tape and string

Have misspellings of common words

Are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated

Have incorrect titles or titles without a name

Are not addressed to a specific person

Have hand-written or poorly typed addresses

Take Protective Measures
If you receive a telephoned bomb threat, you should do the following:
Get as much information from the caller as possible

Keep the caller on the line and record everything that is said

Notify the police and the building management


What do I do During an Explosion?

If there is an explosion, you should:

Get under a sturdy table or desk if things are falling around you

When they stop falling, leave quickly, watching for obviously weakened floors and stairways

As you exit from the building, be especially watchful of falling debris

Leave the building as quickly as possible

Do not stop to retrieve personal possessions or make phone calls

Do not use elevators
Once you are out:
Do not stand in front of windows, glass doors or other potentially hazardous areas.

Move away from sidewalks or streets to be used by emergency officials or others still exiting the building
If you are trapped in debris:
If possible, use a flashlight to signal your location to rescuers

Avoid unnecessary movement so you don’t kick up dust

Cover your nose and mouth with anything you have on hand

Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear where you are

If possible, use a whistle to signal rescuers

Shout only as a last resort


What do I do After an Explosion?

Follow the instructions for recovering from a disaster.