What you don't need to do: Buy gas masks and hoard antibiotics in anticipation of a possible attack. Despite recent events, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta does not recommend this. If an emergency occurs, local and state health departments will inform you of the appropriate steps to take to stay safe.
Starting in March 2003, the Red Cross is offering free preparedness courses. During these 1 1/2-hour presentations, families learn, among other things, basic first aid techniques and how to create an emergency communications plan and evacuation plan. To find out if there's a course near you, call 800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcross.org. If none are being offered in your area, ask for a free guidebook on preparing for emergencies and for specific ways to tailor your disaster supply kit to meet your family's needs.
Preparing for a specific disaster? Select a hazard below for more information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):