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Plain Talk on Terrorism Preparedness: New Jersey's Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family

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8 pages
This brochure provides information to New Jersey citizens on steps they can take to protect themselves, their families, and their homes from various terrorist threats.
General advice is to "be aware of your surroundings;" "use caution when you travel;" and "locate stairways and emergency exits." The brochure also advises residents to have an emergency communications plan that includes choosing an out-of-town contact person that all family members can call; establishing a meeting place away from the home; and checking children's school emergency plan. The brochure describes the Homeland Security Advisory System, which is designed as a simple way to communicate information regarding the risk of terrorist activity. It provides warnings through a set of color-coded threat conditions. Advice offered in case of a terrorist attack is tailored to biological, chemical, and radioactive weapons. Guidelines for responding to a biological attack focus on the weapons of anthrax and smallpox. Residents are also encouraged to participate in Citizen Corps, which provides opportunities for citizens across the country to participate in a range of measures to make their families, homes, and communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all types. The brochure concludes with detailed information on what to include in a disaster supplies kit.