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To protect the United States from terrorist attacks and also to organize and to agglutinate the security efforts is why the National Strategy for Homeland Security was put together. It includes also the Homeland Security Act of 2002 that was created after the episodes of September 11.

To protect all those values we most care about (safety and freedom mainly) of US citizens is the main goal of the Homeland Security stategy. Also is vital for the strategy to provide answers to possible terrorism acts, natural disaster and similar emergencies, helping recovery the normal way of live as soon as possible.

There is information released by the Homeland Security strategy that aids in helping secure the home, business and mainy loved ones.

Part of the plan of the Homeland security strategy is delineated in resources published by this effort that involve the creation of an emergency kit containing the following items:

  • 1 gallon of water per person and per day (minimum)
  • supply for 3 days of non perishable food
  • supply for 3 days of non perishable food
  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • a radio
  • a whistle
  • a dust mask
  • a first aid kit
  • garbage bags
  • moist wipes
  • a wrench and/or pliers
  • a local area map
  • eyeglasses
  • prescriptions and medications
  • infant supplies
  • pet supplies
  • sleeping bag
  • cash, change

Is mandatory at least a gallon of water per person and per day for drinking and sanitary purposes. Nevertheless children, nursing mothers or those who are ill may need more water. The same goes in case you are in a worm climate. The appropiate way to store water is in well closed, clean plastic containers. The recommended is at least a 3 day supply per person.

Those questions addressed nationally by the Homeland Security Department with respect to the preparation for national emergencies should also be answered by individual families, for example: How do we contact each other in case of an emergency ? What do we do in case of an emergency in our family or state or nation wide?

The teams of Homeland Security have established plans for comunicating with each other in case of disasters. The same goes for families, which should have a phone numbers lists along with change or cards for prepaid phones.

So, as the Homeland Security Department has plans for emergencies at a nation level, families should prepare at its own level with information and also make plans. More indepth information can be found at ready.gov

Some threats can be foreseen on some areas to some extend in the United States, for example twisters are expected in the Torando Valley and hurricanes are likely to happen in coastal areas. The same, families should know what threats are likely in their area and prepare for them.

Whether you have to evacuate or to stay, prepare a separate plan for each of those situations. This is one of the more important questions that arise when an emergency occurs, prepare for both. Pay attention to what methods of notification are used. Radio and TV ? Others ?

That is the purpose of the Homeland Security Department, to protect America from terrorism and other contingencies, whether natural or man made. However, homeowners can actually help securing themselves by utilizing ready.gov



Hernan Moreno
Consultant on the field of home security.

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