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Visit the American Red Cross's website at
www.redcross.org for a checklist to use as you gather supplies. Store
everything in one place, preferably a cool, dark location. Consider putting
together a smaller version of your emergency kit that you could take if you had
to leave home or
shelter in place.
After you've assembled
your emergency supplies, remember to check and replace them
- Bottled water that has remained sealed and
unopened needs to be replaced once a year. Water in containers that you filled
yourself needs to be replaced every 6 months.
- Follow the Red
Cross's guidelines (www.redcross.org) on how often to replace food supplies.
Even "nonperishable" items may need to be replaced.
- Remember that
both nonprescription and prescription medicines have expiration dates.
Information on disaster readiness
It is hard
to prepare for a terrorist attack because no one knows what form it might take
or when or where it may occur. But being prepared for general
emergencies—including fires, natural disasters, power failures, fresh-water
shortages, and similar events—makes sense and will help to reassure you and
The following agencies provide extensive information
about disaster planning and terrorism:
- The American Red Cross
has specific disaster-readiness guidelines, including instructions on
how to build a disaster supplies kit and how to make a disaster plan. You can
access this information at www.redcross.org.
- The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides
extensive information about national security emergencies, including chemical,
biological, and nuclear attacks. You can access this information at
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides answers to frequently asked questions
about chemical and biological agents, such as toxic gases and smallpox, and
nuclear attacks as well as advice on how to protect yourself. You can access
this information at www.cdc.gov.
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urges citizens to be prepared and stay
informed. Many helpful links are available from its website at
www.dhs.gov/disasters or at www.ready.gov.