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Homeland Preparedness

Terrorism is not unlike other crime. Local police need to be able to investigate, evaluate and disseminate information from and to neighborhood associations and local residents. The need for crime prevention and community policing has never been greater.

Americans and people world-wide want to contribute to the war on terrorism. This can best be done by helping maintain safe homes, safe work places, and safe communities.

Following are basic crime prevention principles:

  • Teach community members to take steps to secure their family, their residence, their business and their personal property
  • Teach community members to always be alert and aware of their surroundings
  • Encourage the reporting of suspicious activity through appropriate channels
  • Activate neighborhood watch or block group programs
  • Create a liaison between neighborhood groups and your law enforcement agency

Are You Ready?
A Guide to Citizen Preparedness

Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness brings together facts on disaster survival techniques, disaster-specific information, and how to prepare for and respond to both natural and man-made disasters.

Are You Ready? provides a step-by-step outline on how to prepare a disaster supply kit, emergency planning for people with disabilities, how to locate and evacuate to a shelter, and even contingency planning for family pets. Man-made threats from hazardous materials and terrorism are also treated in detail.

Click on the items below to help yourself be prepared in the event of a disaster.

Animals in a Disaster

Emergency Planning and Disaster Supplies

Supply Kit Essentials

Extreme Heat

Hazardous Materials Incidents


Recovering from Disaster





National Security Emergencies


Are you Ready - Full Document (1.9 MB)

Preparing Makes Sense