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Plan now in case of terrorist attack.

Byline: DIANE DIETZ The Register-Guard

The city of Eugene is prepared for a terrorist attack. Are you?

Taking action now can give you a measure of control over your fears - and it can make the difference between chaos and order if terrorists should strike locally, officials say.

"If we have a big event, we're going to have our emergency response people maxed out - going to the worst first - so (residents) need to be able to take care of themselves for 72 hours," said Chuck Solin, the city's loss control and environmental manager.

Did you know, for instance, that chemical and biological agents generally are heavier than air, so the key to survival may be going up - upwind, upstairs, upstream?

Police could ask you to "shelter in place" during a terrorist attack, and that means going to a windowless room in the center of your house, closing vents and masking the cracks around doors, according to "Terrorism: Preparing for the Unexpected," an American Red Cross publication.

The city and the Red Cross have posted information on their Web sites to help individuals and families prepare for any disaster, including a terrorist attack.

If everyone were to call 911 during a disaster, the load could jam the phone lines, so nobody could get help.

The city has a plan to pipe the most current information to broadcast journalists.

"You turn on your TV, you turn on your radio," said Eugene Police Capt. Steve Swenson. "These things rise and fall based on information."

HOW TO SURVIVE

Terrorism: Preparing for the Unexpected www.redcross.org/services/disaster/keepsafe/unexpected.html

City of Eugene Emergency Preparedness page www.ci.eugene.or.us/firedept/preparedness/index.htm

Family Disaster Plan www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/familyplan.html

American Red Cross: 344-5244
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Title Annotation:Strategy: As crews respond to a big event, townsfolk will need to be self-sufficient a few days.; Government
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Dec 6, 2001
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