(PRWEB) February 19, 2003
For Immediate Release
How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Terrorism
Chicago, IL- If you've been to your local Home Depot or hardware store recently, you've probably noticed a larger than normal crowd buying duct tape and plastic sheeting. In his special report "Surviving Terrorism", national bestselling author Jarret Wollstein says that the Department of Homeland SecurityÂs official recommendations arenÂt enough. Yes, you should stock up on water, essential medicines, and even plastic sheeting and duct tape. These are good first steps, but itÂs only a start. Here are some other tips...
Assess your risk. Do you live in a city, suburb, or rural area? If you live in a city, you're most at risk. Cities are the prime targets for terrorists who want to kill a lot of people and create chaos. Next is the suburbs, where people commute to cities. You're least at risk in rural areas or wilderness.
Be prepeared to seal your house or apartment. Sealing your windows and doors with plastic sheeting and duct tape can increase your chance of survival from 10% to 90%. As a last resort, put wet sheets over doors and windows. Don't forget to close and seal your air vents quickly. Also, if you hear about a chemical or biological attack near you, immediately turn off your furnace, air conditioner, and fans.
- Keep a supply of filter masks on hand. The best are from the paint section of the hardware store. Make sure
the mask forms a tight seal.
- Have enough canned food and bottled water to live on for at least a few weeks. A few months is even better. If you have any concerns about your cooking utensils, disinfect them with a bleach solution. If you don't have bottled water, boil your drinking water. Even better, use a pressure cooker at 15 pounds for 20 minutes.
- Avoid all public places and contact with other people. They can carry infections in their body, or chemicals on their clothes. Also, avoid hospitals and ambulances, which are repositories of disease and infection.
Have a supply of antibiotics for every member of your family. Get it now. Once disease breaks out, it will be far too late. Even going to the pharmacy to get antibiotics, assuming they have any left, will put you in extreme danger of exposing yourself to chemical and biological agents and disease.
- Consider using doxycycline as an alternative to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin. Both drugs are used for treating anthrax exposure. Doxycycline costs just 10% to 25% of the cost of cipro (just $.74 a pill vs. around $4.96 for cipro) and has fewer side effects. It can be prescribed for you by your doctor, and is also available through many online pharmacies. It has been officially approved by the FDA for treating anthrax.
Create an emergency kit. Include cash, essential medicines, a change of clothing, a battery operated radio, extra batteries, a phone book with essential numbers, a first aid kit, and a flashlight.
Finally, don't rely on the authorities to protect you. If there's a major biochemical attack, it will be chaos. Do as much as you can to educate and prepare yourself now so that you will be ready if you ever need to protect
yourself and your family from terrorist attacks.
To find out more about how to take control of your response to terrorism, see Jarret Wollstein's survival guide, Surviving Terrorism that details how to protect yourself, your business, and your family from terrorism and martial law. It's available online at http://www.surviving-terrorism.com -- To get the free report, Â120 Cities Most at Risk of Terrorist AttackÂ, visit http://www.surviving-terrorism.com This free email report lists the top 120 U.S. cities that our intelligence officials say are the most likely targets of terrorist attacks in the next 6 months.