of us like to consider the possibility of a chemical attack
but arming yourself with information could be the difference
between life and death. Chemical warfare is different from
the use of traditional conventional weapons because the destructive
effects of chemical weapons are not caused by any explosive
force. As a result chemical weapons are desired by terrorist
organization, and are thought of as an ideal choice for a
weapon. With this in mind it is important that individuals
are aware of the risks associated with chemical attacks and
how to prepare for them.
1. Go to an interior room that is above ground level and without
windows, if possible. In the case of a chemical threat, an
above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals
are heavier than air, and may seep into basements even if
the windows are closed.
2. If directed by local authorities on the radio, use duct
tape to seal all cracks around the door and any vents into
the room. Tape plastic sheeting, such as heavy-duty plastic
garbage bags, over any windows.
Lock doors and close windows and air vents. Close and lock
all windows and exterior doors.
If an attack occurs, stay away from the area. Be prepared
to improvise and use what you have on hand to seal gaps so
that you create a barrier between yourself and any contamination.
Awarenewss is important - Report suspicious activity, packages,
or conditions to your local law enforcement.
Be aware of security conditions by monitoring news sources
to learn of changes in the advisory system and specific areas
Avoid unsafe conditions due to overcrowding, poor lighting,
or limited emergency exits. Be aware of your surroundings.
Identify exits, life safety equipment, building shelter areas,
and emergency telephones. turn on air conditioning for maximum
drying in summer; open windows to speed drying in winter.
Be aware of potential hazards in your home, neighbourhood
Francesca Black has worked in the emergency services field
for more than 10 years. More information available at Prepare
for Emergency http://www.prepare-for-emergency.com