- The Washington Times - Friday, October 19, 2001

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams' office has developed a booklet telling residents how to prepare for an emergency.
"Since the horrific events of Sept. 11, we are all looking for ways to be better prepared for the known and unknown threats that may confront us in the future," Mr. Williams wrote in a letter to residents as an introduction to the guide.
Titled "A Family Preparedness Guide," the eight-page booklet is available at the D.C. Emergency Management Agency and can be accessed electronically at the District's Web site (www.washingtondc.gov).
The guide, which was released Monday, shows families what to do before, during and after an emergency, and how to create an emergency plan, prepare an emergency kit and contact key D.C. agencies for assistance. It also provides information on how to obtain ongoing disaster-recovery assistance.
It advises families to mark two escape routes from each room of their house, teach children how and when to dial 911 for emergency assistance, and take a basic first aid and cardiopulmonary-resuscitation class.
It also advises how to create an emergency kit of essential items: at least one gallon of water per person per day in sealed, unbreakable containers; a three- to five-day supply of nonperishable packaged or canned food and a nonelectric can opener; a change of clothing, rain gear, sturdy shoes, blankets, bedding or sleeping bags for each family member; a first-aid kit and prescription medicines.
The guide also tells how to make a survival kit for pets and offers advice on what to do when leaving a pet behind during an evacuation.
The guide also discusses what to do during power outages, hazardous spills, fires, explosions and severe weather hazards, such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, flash floods, snowstorms and tornadoes.
It describes ways people react after an emergency and offers techniques for recovering. The guide includes a list of important D.C. telephone numbers, such as Potomac Electric Power Co., Washington Gas, the mayor's office, the American Red Cross and the department of mental health.
Marlene L. Johnson

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