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Table of Contents
                            Preliminaries
CONTENTS
The Psychology of Security
Physical Security
Home and Auto Security
Computing
Protecting Your Identity
Disaster Preparation
Disaster Management
Safe Travels
Terrorists  Swindlers
Protecting Your Health
Home Security Checklist
Food Guide Pyramid
Family Health Pedigree
INDEX
                        
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SILVER LAKE PUBLISHING
LOS ANGELES, CA � ABERDEEN, WA

The
Personal
Security
Handbook

Practical Tools for Keeping
Yourself, Your Family & Your Things
Safe at Work, Home or on the Road

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C H A P T E R 6 : D I S A S T E R P R E P A R A T I O N

143

cation. Storing antibiotics before a threat opens the

door to misuse and abuse. Only keep them if your

physician has prescribed them for specific condi-

tions. In that case, know how to store and maintain

antibiotics, as well as how to use them.

Although potassium iodide (KI) has been shown to
provide some limited help in preventing the body
from absorbing certain types of radioactive particles
that could inhibit metabolism through action of the
thyroid gland, the Centers for Disease Control does
not recommend stocking up or take KI in advance
of an attack.

KI is only useful for certain types of radioactivity and
can also be harmful if used improperly, by children
or by people with chronic or undiagnosed thyroid
disease. Consult your physician if you have questions
about this chemical.

S H O U L D Y O U S T A Y O R G O ?

Determining when you should evacuate your home
in the event of an emergency can be easy…and hard.
You might have emergency officials telling you to get
out while your first instinct is to protect your home
and everything in it. You see this a lot on television
when there’s a major brush fire and entire communi-
ties must be evacuated—yet there’s always a few who
decide to stay and try to save their homes and posses-
sions. This isn’t the best thing to do.

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Steps to Take

� Listen to the emergency officials and heed
their advice. If they tell you to go, you
should do as they say and follow their
orders. Instructions will be given over the
radio and television. Safe shelters will
open if an evacuation is ordered.

� If you’re specifically told to evacuate or
seek medical treatment, do so immedi-
ately.

� Be careful not to confuse an evacuation
shelter with a room in a home or build-
ing that is selected to be sealed up and
used as a “shelter-in-place.” If you are
told to shelter-in-place, you should be in
a place that will afford you protection
from a contaminant in the air (see the
next page for more about how to build
such a shelter).

� Have at least three days’ worth of sup-
plies in case stores are closed and roads
are impassible due to a disaster like a
flood or winter storm.

� Store enough supplies for your pet’s
needs for at least three days, including
food, water and related items such as kitty
litter.

� Use common sense and available infor-
mation to determine if there is immedi-
ate danger. If you cannot get public in-
formation, it’s up to you to determine if
it’s best to stay inside or risk uncertainty

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I N D E X

2 8 7

landslide 148, 166-168
life expectancy 13-14
lifestyle change 125, 266
lightning 16, 179-182
lock 275-277

mace 42-43
medical history 116, 263-265
mud flow 166

nuclear blast 227-229
nutrition 252-254, 261, 265

password 107, 115, 120
pepper spray 42-43, 52, 74
personal identification 114-115, 120
personal information 34, 76, 101, 104, 107-112, 126, 238
pregnancy 26
pretexting 108
privacy 34, 102, 116
property crime 27, 38, 53
psychology 5, 21, 24
public record 111-112, 116

radiation 14, 143, 228-229
ransom 68
renters insurance 122
ricin 155-156
risk 5-19, 22-27, 30-31, 36-37, 40, 45-50, 60-62, 68,

73, 103, 109, 134, 146, 156-158, 192, 220,
228-229, 232-236, 244-245, 248, 267-271, 274

risk management 7, 18-19, 45
routine 21, 52, 58, 65, 266

safe room 148, 184-185
safety 5, 20, 24-26, 45-47, 52, 131, 137, 153-154, 169,

180-182, 188, 229, 249, 273
school 9, 21, 32, 46, 55, 65-67, 105, 128, 146, 184-186, 240
sensationalism 10
sense of safety 24-26, 52
shelter 128, 134, 140, 145-154, 166, 181, 184-187, 228
shelter-in-place 145-148, 226-230
sirens 23

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T H E P E R S O N A L S E C U R I T Y H A N D B O O K

skimmer 107-108
smallpox 16, 155, 223
smoke detector 23
smoking 5, 7, 12, 14, 17-18, 189, 255, 270-271
Social Security number 34, 101-102, 105, 110, 112-115,

120, 232
stalking 33-36, 49
stress 20, 45-47, 50, 137, 267-268
stun gun 42-45
sunburn 18
swindlers 219, 231-232, 243-244, 247-248

terrorism 7, 25, 219-220, 222-223, 227, 231-232
terrorist 6, 18, 162-163, 179-185, 219-222, 230-232, 248
thunderstorm 179
tornado 148-150, 175-176, 179, 182-187
tort 13
travel 59, 63, 67-68, 73, 123, 139, 148, 156, 220, 223
tsunami 148, 155

violence 29, 38-39, 45-50, 53
violent crime 11, 15, 26-32, 38-39, 69

water 8, 120, 130-133, 136, 140, 143-145, 148-151,
155-168, 188-191, 225-227, 230-231

water shortage 230
weapons of mass destruction 148
weight loss 232, 239-240, 250
wildfire 179, 191-192
workplace 45-50, 76, 110, 128, 143

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