To the Citizens of Clermont County,
Since September 11, 2001, the world and our lives have changed. On that fateful day we were taken by surprise and were not prepared for the tragic events that transpired. It is probable that sometime in the future additional acts of terrorism may occur in our communities. Although such acts may not be able to be totally prevented, through vigilance and a heightened awareness of the risks we might collectively recognize, report, and perhaps thwart acts of terrorism in our Country. Also, in the event of an attack we might be better prepared to confront the aftermath. This information has been designed with these objectives in mind. It is our hope that it may be of some help to you and your families. Please feel free to print this page for reference, and to contact us by phone or through our website e-mail link if you have any comments or questions.
Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg, Jr.
(From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
Improving our preparedness for unexpected events is not just a job for the professionals – law enforcement, firefighters, and others. All citizens should begin a process of learning about and preparing for potential threats so we are better prepared to react during a critical incident.
While there is no way to predict what will happen, or what your personal circumstances will be, following are some simple things you can do now to prepare yourself and your loved ones.
All of us should be able to survive comfortably on our own for at least a three-day period. That’s the amount of time you may need to remain in your home until the danger from a biological, chemical or radiological attack has passed. You’ll need:
Our advice is to start now by gathering and storing the above basic emergency supplies. Make certain that all household members know where the items are kept. You should also consider bringing some or all of these items to work and/or leaving them in your car.
Your family may not be together at home when an attack occurs. Make sure everyone has a list of contact numbers and how to get in touch with each other.
Consider identifying and establishing a ‘meeting place’ removed from the proximity of your neighborhood and town where family members should meet if unable to return home, contact, or communicate with each other.
It may also be helpful to identify and designate a friend or relative who lives outside the area as a contact point.
Keep a list of emergency numbers.
Select a “safe-room” in your residence where everyone can gather. The best choice is an interior room above ground with few windows and doors.
Planning helps. If your family knows what to expect, they will be calmer in the aftermath of a critical event. For example, you should find out where to find instructions and information, such as local broadcasting networks. Local authorities will broadcast information as quickly as possible concerning the nature of the emergency and what you should do next. Be sure to keep listening for updates.