You might feel completely safe living in the U.S., but since 1920, there have been about 49 terrorist attacks on Americans, either in the U.S. or on Americans living abroad.
There are several terrorist hazard possibilities that you should be aware of:
- Biological threats
- Chemical threats
- Cyber attacks
- Nuclear blasts
- Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)
It is important to teach your family how to respond to various situations, just in case there is a terrorist attack where you live. Everyone should have an emergency kit, a terrorist kit, and an emergency plan to be prepared for any type of emergency situation. In addition, you should know what the warning system and disaster plan is in your community.
For biological threats, FEMA recommends installing a HEPA filtration filter in your furnace return duct or a stand-alone portable HEPA filter.
Choosing a safe room for your family is wise for shelter in place situations. Keep duct tape and plastic sheeting close by, along with your other terrorist supplies, to help seal off the room to protect from chemical threats. Keep emergency supplies in this room so you have what you need without leaving the safe room.
If you live in an area that may be prone to nuclear attack, think about where you can go in your home that will give you the most distance from the fallout. This could be a basement or central room in the building.
Keep your supplies in this room or be prepared to move them into it quickly. You may need to remain here for some time. The intensity of radioactive fallout decreases over time, with the highest intensity being within the first two weeks. After that time, the intensity is only about 1% of the original radiation level.
To keep aware of terrorist alerts, visit the National Terrorism Advisory System.