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In the event of a terrorist attack, government officials will instruct residents on what actions they are taking and what actions the public should take. It's important that you remain calm, cooperate fully with local officials and do not try to be a hero. Failure to follow instructions from local officials could cost you and others their lives.

The County of Riverside Emergency Management Department, State of California, American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have provided the following information on what to do during emergencies.

Before An Attack

Prepare for the possibility of a terrorist incident in your area:

  • Learn about the nature of terrorism.
  • Adapt, as appropriate, the same techniques used to prepare for earthquakes, fires and other emergencies.
  • If you live or work in multi-level buildings:
    • Assemble and maintain an emergency supply kit for your workspace that includes those items listed in this brochure. Also compile essential emergency preparedness items in back packs for your emergency response team members.

Protective Action

What Should You Do?

These are actions we take to safeguard our family members and ourselves from harm. The most common emergency protective actions are evacuation and shelter-in-place.

  • Remain calm.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Have a Family Preparedness Plan.
  • Stay informed.
  • If an evacuation is ordered, follow the instructions of local officials regarding evacuation routes and the location of shelters.
  • If shelter-in-place is recommended, local officials will provide instructions on necessary actions.
  • Do not leave your sheltered location or return to the evacuated area until it is deemed safe to do so by local officials.
Emergency Supply Kit

Maintaining an emergency supply kit is a good idea for any emergency. Individuals and organizations should be prepared to be without assistance for a minimum of 72 hours.

  • Battery-powered radio, flashlights, batteries
  • Whistle
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Hard hats
  • Duct tape
  • Fluorescent tape to rope off dangerous areas
  • Water
  • Food (canned, no-cook, packaged snacks)
  • Manual can opener
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Fire extinguisher (A-B-C) type
  • Infant and feminine hygiene supplies
  • Essential medicines and eyeglasses
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of doctors and pharmacist
  • Food and water for pets
  • Large plastic bags for trash, waste, water protection
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Charcoal grill or camp stove for OUTDOOR cooking
For Further Information

Listed below are sources for emergency preparedness information.