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The American Heritage dictionary defines terrorism as “The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons”. Even though we’ve used a nuclear blast symbol
for our terrorism section of this website, terror can come in many forms other than nuclear blasts. Gang activity, with its intimidation and violence against a community’s residents, is rarely but accurately described as urban terrorism. A truck fertilizer bomb, similar to the one used in the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, if placed at the 4-level in downtown Los Angeles, would paralyze traffic in the metropolitan area for weeks, if not months.
Even before 9/11, but certainly since then, terrorism can no longer be confined to images of cities outside the US and nameless foreigners. The face of terrorist victims is now American, also. Not only must we be prepared to cope with terrorist activities in our own mountain community, but this page is dedicated to helping all of us survive the impact of a terrorist strike on our big urban neighbor down the hill. A 9/11 style attack on Los Angeles, or perhaps the Colton train yards, or Ontario Airport would bring area wide traffic (and our supply chain to the mountains) to a halt. Just like a major earthquake’s effect, we would be forced to shelter in place and survive for days, or even weeks, on just the supplies and essentials we have on hand.
“Terrorism might not ever affect us directly, but the indirect impact could be devastating.”
Even though terrorism can come in many forms, the image that many of us immediately conjure up is nuclear, biological, or chemical terrorism. And, although the preparedness requirements for facing a terrorist attack are similar to those steps we must take in preparing for earthquakes, there is the added layer of preparation needed for protecting ourselves from nuclear fallout, biological agents, or chemical fumes.
Just as the County Fire Dept personnel protect themselves from deadly agents, our home preparedness should include those items that will offer protection from these same agents. It’s more than just food and water, and the documents on this page will outline the steps you should take to protect yourself and your family.
Once again, the Red Cross has prepared detailed suggestions on coping with a terrorist attack. This page contains a complete list of steps you and your family can take. Additionally, there is a
comprehensive preparedness document, compiled by the Red Cross, available for download just to the left side of this page.
An even more comprehensive terrorism survival guide has been created through the cooperation of the Red Cross, the US Army, the Department of Homeland Security, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Wilderness-Survival website. The document has been included here for download or reading on line.