Security Secretary Tom Ridge Feb. 19 urged families to have
a communication plan and create a supply kit including flashlights,
duct tape, batteries and water for use in possible terror
attacks as part of what the government has dubbed the Ready
said the government had already improved security by hiring
border officers who inspected trucks for explosives and by
using new container-screening technology. Ridge also said
more funding would be provided to first responders such as
hospital workers, firefighters and other emergency personnel.
can add to the government's effort if they choose "to
be ready, and not afraid," Ridge said. He spoke at the
American Red Cross in Cincinnati.
said readiness details would be explained in a series of
public service announcements. The ads direct Americans to
call 1-800-BE-READY to get a free brochure or visit www.ready.gov,
where they can learn ways to protect themselves against chemical
threats, biological threats, explosions, danger from radiation
and nuclear blasts.
government is advising people to keep a full tank of fuel,
three days’ worth of non-perishable food and water, flashlights,
a battery-powered radio, batteries, a blanket, a first-aid
kit, medicines and a manual can opener. The list also includes
duct tape and pre-measured plastic sheeting for future use.