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					     What Every
   Atlantic County
Citizen Should Know
  "The events of September 11, 2001
and the incidents that followed, have
taught us that we must always be
prepared for the unthinkable. Since
that time, Atlantic County Government
has taken steps to ensure that we are
fully capable of responding to any
type of crisis.
  This guide outlines some of the
important measures that we have taken
to improve the security of the residents
of Atlantic County. It also provides
recommendations that the reader may
take to prepare one’s family for any
emergency. I urge you to read this
report carefully and keep it handy in
case it should ever be needed."
                     Dennis Levinson
                     County Executive
      EMERGENCY INFORMATION
                 When communities are threatened throughout New Jersey, emergency management
                       offices will broadcast a list of shelter locations closest to your home.

                    Listen for emergency information on local radio, TV and cable stations.
              Monitor Emergency Alert System Information on the EAS radio stations listed below.

                      WIXM 97.3 FM                                       COMCAST, Channel 24
                      WFPG 96.9 FM & WKXW 1450 AM                        WOND 1400 AM
                      WAYV 95.1 FM                                       WONZ 1580 AM
                      WKOE 106.3 FM                                      WZBZ 99.3 FM
                      WKTU 98.3 FM                                       WTTH 96.1 FM
                      WMGM 103.7 FM                                      NJ 101.5 FM
                      WMGM TV 40                                         WMID 1340 AM & 102.3 FM
                      WSAX 102.3 FM                                      WPUR 107.2 FM

Use the travel routes specified rather than finding shortcuts on your own. Shut off the water, gas and electric to
    your home, if advised to do so, before leaving your home. Make alternate plans for your pets, they are not
 allowed in American Red Cross shelters. However, you may contact your local emergency management office to
                                    find locations that your pets will be welcome.

                           Emergency information will be updated on a continuous basis.

                 During any storm do not call 911 unless a medical, police or fire emergency exists.

                                             For Assistance, Call The
                                   Emergency Management Office Nearest You:
                                                 County Offices
                                  Atlantic County .......................... 609-407-6742
                                  Cape May County ...................... 609-463-6570
                                  Cumberland County .................... 856-455-8770
                                  Southern Ocean County ............. 732-341-3451

                                      Atlantic County Municipal OEM Offices

Absecon          609-641-0667           Atlantic City          609-347-5466             Brigantine     609-266-0553
Buena Boro       856-697-2810           Buena Vista            856-697-0997             Corbin City    609-628-2673
Egg Harbor Cty   609-965-1200           Egg Harbor Twp         609-926-4027             Estell Manor   609-476-2692
Folsom Boro      609-561-3178           Galloway Twp           609-652-3705             Hammonton      609-567-4345
Hamilton Twp     609-625-8340           Linwood                609-927-6761             Longport       609-822-2141
Margate           609-822-1151          Mullica Twp            609-561-0064             Northfield     609-407-0920
Pleasantville    609-484-3667           Port Republic          609-652-7664             Somers Point    609-927-6814
Ventnor          609-823-7920           Weymouth Twp           609-625-1078

                         For additional preparedness information visit: www.aclink.org/oep

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                              Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County Executive

                              The Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders
    Kirk W. Conover, Chair                Joseph F. Silipena, Vice-Chair                   James Curcio
       James A. Carney                           Frank Finnerty                            Steven Johnson
    Rev. Lawton Nelson, Jr.                      John W. Risley                            Thomas Russo

                               Helen W. Walsh, Atlantic County Administrator
                                       Howard J. Kyle, Chief Of Staff
                    Richard F. Mulvihill, Department Head, Atlantic County Public Safety
                           Vincent J. Jones III, Director, Emergency Preparedness
                                Michael Schurman, Director, Highway Safety
                          Ed Conover, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator


    Atlantic County Office of Emergency Preparedness
The Office of Emergency Preparedness is responsible for coordinating responses to natural disasters,
technological emergencies and severe weather events in Atlantic County. Since the events of September
2001, an additional focus has been added: Homeland Security. Planning continues to identify response
contingencies should the "unthinkable" occur close to home.

This office has always and will continue to work closely with local municipal emergency management
coordinators and local response agencies to ensure a rapid, well coordinated response and to avoid
unnecessary duplications of service. The importance of which is ever increasing.

During times of severe emergencies or disasters the office activates the Emergency Operations Center
(EOC) which is located in a hurricane proof wing of the Anthony "Tony" Canale Training Center,
5033 English Creek Avenue, Egg Habor Township. The Office of Emergency Preparedness continually
develops and revises Atlantic County's Emergency Operations Plan to address the potential threats to
the County. We use what is called an "all hazards" approach to emergency planning. This allows us to
inventory and maintain the necessary resources to best meet the needs of any challenge we are faced
with.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness has been working in conjunction with other County Agencies
and organizations to enhance our comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan to better address the
contingencies that can be associated with Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction.




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       Emergency Preparedness Task Force Background
The Atlantic County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Task Force consists of representatives of major
medical, public health, law enforcement and emergency rescue agencies that have primary responsibility for
responding to a critical public health emergency. The task force's responsibilities include developing a compre-
hensive and realistic response plan that is carefully thought out and tested. The task force will identify gaps in
the local emergency response system and work to ensure those gaps are closed. County Executive Dennis
Levinson appointed Freeholder Chairman Kirk Conover head of the task force.
Conover is pleased that some key systems and training programs are already in place. "More still needs to be
done", Conover said. "It is very critical at this time that we completely reevaluate our emergency response sys-
tems to ensure that Atlantic County can make a comprehensive and coordinated response to a major public
health emergency whether natural or man made. This task force will help ensure that the resources, supplies,
communications, and support systems are firmly in place and ready to go when needed."



              Atlantic County Division of Public Health
 The Division of Public Health is working closely with all area hospitals and local
  physicians to monitor for any unusual occurrence of disease in the community.
                                                             These efforts protect the public’s health
                                                             whether the threat stems from an act of
                                                             bioterrorism or from a more traditional
                                                             source such as a foodborne illness or measles
                                                             outbreak.

                                                   Public Health professionals maintain around-
                                                   the-clock capability to respond to any disease
                                                   outbreak. Response includes investigating
                                                   the cause or source of illness, identifying
       Hazmat team suits up for training exercise  who may be at risk, providing public educa-
tion and guidance to prevent or reduce the risk of becoming ill. If necessary, measures such as
quarantine, immunization and treatment to control the spread of the disease can be initiated.
 The Division also maintains a hazardous materials
 response team ("hazmat") which, together with the
 county’s police and fire units, are first responders on
 the scene of chemical releases that threaten the public’s
 health or the environment. Public Health coordinates
 closely with law enforcement, emergency management
 and community health partners to ensure a fully inte-
 grated approach to emergency preparedness and
                                                                         Hazmat team evaluates scene during drill
 response.
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  Communications News
In December of 2001, Atlantic County signed an agreement to
purchase a county-wide Public Safety Radio System. This
system will allow for all Police, Fire, Emergency Medical
Services, and other public agencies to communicate on
a common system. As part of Homeland Security
preparedness we have taken the responsibility to
ensure that there is reliable communications in
the event of an emergency.

Atlantic County has taken a lead role in the State of
New Jersey, taking such a major step in the use of modern
technology. We have combined three existing systems in the
county and are planning to add five additional sites. This will
provide adequate radio coverage across the entire county.

The technology of the new system will enhance public safety
communications by adding many features such as digital
communications, and the ability to send data from a com-
puter across the radio system. Radio interoperability is a                  Some of the key planning functions
key factor in preparing for an emergency. We will have the                       that are occurring are:
ability to interface to different types of systems, including
the New Jersey State Police, and some of the surrounding              •Target Assessment and Analysis- The Office of Emergency
counties and cities that use different types of communica-           Preparedness has been working closely with the Atlantic County
                                                                     Prosecutor to better identify potential targets around the coun-
tions technology.
                                                                     ty. This review is continually ongoing and seeks to identify
The radio project is being installed as you read this arti-          potential targets and to make recommendations for increased
                                                                     security. Its focus is not only public sector facilities but
cle. The first major step will include combining the three
                                                                     includes private businesses, utilities, high use public facilities
existing systems. This should take place in October 2002.
                                                                     and special needs facilities.
Immediately following will be to build out the other five            • Resource Inventories and Acquisition- Emergency response
sites and complete the entire project by February 2003.              equipment and supplies are undergoing extensive review and
                                                                     analysis so necessary materials are on hand to address the ever
                                                                     changing needs of emergency response.
                                                                     •Regionalized Task Force Planning- Reviews are being conduct-
                                                                     ed of the county’s emergency response capabilities to look at
                                                                     the possibility of regionalization of services. This cost effective
                                                                     movement will allow us to better utilize the existing resources
                                                                     while procuring needed equipment and material without dupli-
                                                                     cating services.
                                                                     •Enhanced Training- Emergency Services training programs are
                                                                     being reviewed and updated to include additional domestic pre-
                                                                     paredness training for our local first responders. This is being
                                                                     implemented from the basic recruit level through the most most
                                                                     advanced ranks at the academy level up to detailed specialized
                                                                     courses.
                                                                     •Preparedness Training- Programs are being developed for local
                                                                     citizens to enhance general emergency preparedness as well as
                                                                     special domestic preparedness and homeland security issues.
 Regional Emergency Response Team practices victim extrication

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Personal Preparedness
  Devastating acts, such as the terrorist attacks on September 11th, have
  left many concerned about the possibility of future incidents in the
  United States and their potential impact. They have raised uncertainty
  about what might happen next, increasing stress levels. Nevertheless,
  there are things you can do to prepare for the unexpected and reduce the
  stress that you may feel now and later should another emergency arise.
  Taking preparatory action can reassure you and your children that you
  can exert a measure of control even in the face of such events.

          What You Can Do To Prepare
  Finding out what can happen is the first step. Once you have determined
  the events possible and their potential in your community, it is important
  that you discuss them with your family or household.
  Develop a disaster plan together.

  1. Create an emergency communications plan.
  Choose an out-of-town contact your family or
  household will call or e-mail to check on each
  other should a disaster occur. Your selected con-
  tact should live far enough away that they would
  be unlikely to be directly affected by the same
  event, and they should know they are the chosen
  contact. Make sure every household member has
  that contact's name, and each other's e-mail
  addresses and telephone numbers (home, work,
  pager and cell).

  2. Establish a meeting place
  Having a predetermined meeting place away from your home will save time and minimize confusion
  should your home be affected or the area evacuated. You may even want to make arrangements to
  stay with a family member or friend in case of an emergency. Be sure to include any pets in these
  plans, since pets are not permitted in shelters and some hotels will not accept them.

                           3. Assemble a disaster supplies kit
                           If you need to evacuate your home or are asked to "shelter in place," having
                           some essential supplies on hand will make you and your family more com-
                           fortable. Prepare a disaster supplies kit in an easy-to-carry container such as
                           a duffel bag or small plastic trash can.

                            4. School emergency plan
                            Check on the school emergency plan of any school-age
  children you may have. You need to know if they will they keep children at
  school until a parent or designated adult can pick them up or send them home
  on their own. Be sure that the school has updated information about how to
  reach parents and responsible caregivers to arrange for pickup                                      Home
                                                                                                   Escape Route
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                       Family Emergency
                      Preparedness Actions
                                                Create A Disaster Plan
DISCUSS THE TYPES OF DISASTERS THAT ARE MOST LIKELY TO HAPPEN.
Learn your community's warning signals and what you should do when you hear them.
  • Pick two places to meet:
     1. Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.
     2. Outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home (everyone must know the address and phone number).
  • Establish an out-of state friend to act as a contact for separated family members.
  • Show each member of the household how to turn off water, gas and electricity and consider neighbors who may need assistance.
  • Monitor weather conditions on NOAA Weather Radio- 162.400 MHZ.
  • Post emergency numbers by telephones.
  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home; check batteries once a month and change them twice a year when the time changes.
  • Find out where children will be sent if they are in school when an evacuation is announced.

FAMILY DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT
Put together a disaster supplies kit for your family before a disaster strikes including the following:
  • Prescription medications & medical information.                           • Special dietary food if required.
  • First-aid kits -one for your home and one for your car.                   • Lantern, Flashlight, or other emergency lighting.
  • Personal aides, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.                            • Insurance information.
  • Portable radio and extra batteries.                                       • Baby supplies such as food, formula, disposable diapers
  • Water in plastic jugs or other covered containers. Change water every three months.
  • Food that does not need to be refrigerated or cooked. Rotate stored food every six months.

PAPERS AND VALUABLES
  •   Social Security cards.         •   Driver's License                            •   Insurance Policies
  •   Birth Certificates             •   Savings and checking account books.         •   Cash and credit cards
  •   Deeds                          •   Wills                                       •   Inventory of household goods
  •   Marriage/death records         •   Stocks and bonds                            •   Small Valuables: cameras, watches, jewelry, etc.

                                    Keep items in an airtight bag. Keep the items you would most
                                    likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container.

PRE-EVACUATION ACTIONS
  •   Fill your car with gas, check car battery and oil, flashlight and radio batteries.
  •   Put your survival kit together and refill prescription drugs and obtain special medications (e.g. insulin).
  •   Secure outdoor lawn furniture and loose materials, shutter windows, etc.
  •   Prepare your family for evacuation. Because it depends on the strength, location and direction of the hurricane's movement, you
      may have to evacuate even before a hurricane warning is issued.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ACCIDENTS
If you are involved in or witness an incident or accident involving hazardous materials, notify county and/or local authorities
by calling 9-1-1 or call the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Emergency Action Hotline (24 hours) at
1-609-292-7172 or 1-877-927-6337 (toll free). Stay up and clear of the area.

Commonly used petroleum and chemical products for homes, stores, shops and industry are transported on highways and railroads.
Accidental spills or fires can generate situations that endanger human health and environment.




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• Remain calm and be patient.
                                             If Disaster
• Follow the advice of local emergency officials.
                                                                               protected as much as possible.
                                                                               • Take your disaster supplies kit.
• Listen to your radio or television for news and instructions.                • Take your pets with you; do not leave them behind. Because pets
• If the disaster occurs near you, check for injuries. Give first aid          are not permitted in public shelters, follow your plan to go to a rela-
and get help for seriously injured people.                                     tive's or friend's home, or find a "pet-friendly" hotel.
• If the disaster occurs near your home while you are there, check             • Lock your home.
for damage using a flashlight. Do not light matches or candles or              • Use travel routes specified by local authorities—don't use shortcuts
turn on electrical switches. Check for fires, fire hazards and other           because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.
household hazards. Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If       • Stay away from downed power lines.
you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open
windows, and get everyone outside quickly. Shut off any other dam-
                                                                               LISTEN TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
aged utilities.
                                                                               Your local authorities will provide you with the most accurate infor-
• Confine or secure your pets.
                                                                               mation specific to an event in your area. Staying tuned to local radio
• Call your family contact—do not use the telephone again unless it
                                                                               and television, and following their instructions is your safest choice.
is a life-threatening emergency.
                                                                               If you're sure you have time:
• Check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or dis-
                                                                               • Call your family contact to tell them where you are going and
abled.
                                                                               when you expect to arrive.
                                                                               • Shut off water and electricity before leaving, if instructed to do so.
A WORD ON WHAT COULD HAPPEN                                                    Leave natural gas service ON unless local officials advise you other-
As we learned from the events of September 11, 2001, the following             wise. You may need gas for heating and cooking, and only a profes-
things can happen after a terrorist attack:                                    sional can restore gas service in your home once it's been turned off.
• There can be significant numbers of casualties and/or damage to              In a disaster situation it could take weeks for a professional to
buildings and the infrastructure. So employers need up-to-date infor-          respond.
                                                  mation about any
                                                  medical needs you
                                                                               SHELTER IN PLACE
                                                  may have and on
                                                                               If you are advised by local officials to "shelter in place," what they
                                                  how to contact your
                                                                               mean is for you to remain inside your home or office and protect
                                                  designated benefici-
                                                                               yourself there. Close and lock all windows and exterior doors. Turn
                                                  aries.
                                                                               off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems. Close the fireplace
                                                  • Heavy law
                                                                               damper. Get your disaster supplies kit, and make sure the radio is
                                                  enforcement involve-
                                                                               working. Go to an interior room without windows that's above
                                                  ment at local, state
                                                                               ground level. In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground loca-
                                                  and federal levels
                                                                               tion is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air, and
                                                  follows a terrorist
                                                                               may seep into basements even if the windows are closed. Using duct
attack due to the event's criminal nature. This may impact services in
                                                                               tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
your community.
                                                                               Keep listening to your radio or television until you are told all is safe
• Health and mental health resources in the affected communities
                                                                               or you are told to evacuate. Local officials may call for evacuation in
can be strained to their limits, maybe even overwhelmed.
                                                                               specific areas at greatest risk in your community.
• Extensive media coverage, strong public fear and international
implications and consequences can continue for a prolonged period.
• Workplaces and schools may be closed, and there may be restric-
tions on domestic and international travel.
• You and your family or household may have to evacuate an area,
avoiding roads blocked for your safety.
• Clean-up may take many months.

EVACUATION
If local authorities ask you to leave your home, they have a good rea-
son to make this request, and you should heed the advice immediate-
ly. Listen to your radio or television and follow the instructions of
local emergency officials and keep these simple tips in mind-
• Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes so you can be

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 Strikes...Additional Positive Steps You Can Take                               • Apply additional dressings and bandages.
Raw, unedited footage of terrorism events and people's reaction to
those events can be very upsetting, especially to children. We do not           • Use a pressure point to squeeze the artery against the bone.
recommend that children watch television news reports about such                • Provide care for shock.
events, especially if the news reports show images over and over again
about the same incident. Young children do not realize that it is               Care for Shock
repeated video footage, and think the event is happening again and              • Keep the victim from getting chilled or overheated.
again. Adults may also need to give themselves a break from watching            • Elevate the legs about 12 inches (if broken bones are not suspected).
disturbing footage. However, listening to local radio and television            • Do not give food or drink to the victim.
reports will provide you with the most accurate information from
responsible governmental authorities on what's happening and what               Tend Burns
actions you will need to take. So you may want to make some                     • Stop the burning by cooling the burn with large amounts of water.
arrangements to take turns listening to the news with other adult               • Cover the burn with dry, clean dressings or cloth.
members of your household.
                                                                                Care for Injuries to Muscles, Bones and Joints
Another useful preparation                                                      • Rest the injured part.
includes learning some basic                                                    • Apply ice or a cold pack to control swelling and reduce pain.
first aid. To enroll in a first                                                 • Avoid any movement or activity that causes pain.
aid and AED/CPR course,                                                         • If you must move the victim because the scene is becoming unsafe,
contact your local American                                                     try to immobilize the injured part to keep it from moving.
Red Cross chapter. In an
emergency situation, you need                                                   Be Aware of Biological/Radiological Exposure
to tend to your own well-being first and then consider first aid for            Listen to local radio and television reports for the most accurate
others immediately around you, including possibly assisting injured             information from responsible governmental and medical authorities
people to evacuate a building if necessary.                                     on what's happening and what actions you will need to take. The
                                                                                Web sites referenced at the end of this brochure can give you more
People who may have come into contact with a biological or chemical             information on how to protect yourself from exposure to biological or
agent may need to go through a decontamination procedure and                    radiological hazards.
receive medical attention. Listen to the advice of local officials on the
local radio or television to determine what steps you will need to take         Reduce Any Care Risks
to protect yourself and your family. As emergency services will likely          The risk of getting a disease while giving first aid is extremely rare.
be overwhelmed, only call 9-1-1 about life-threatening emergencies.             However, to reduce the risk even further:
                                                                                • Avoid direct contact with blood and other body fluids.
FIRST AID PRIMER                                                                • Use protective equipment, such as disposable gloves and breathing
If you encounter someone who is injured, apply the emergency action             barriers.
steps: Check-Call-Care. Check the scene to make sure it is safe for you         • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water immediately
to approach. Then check the victim for unconsciousness and life-                after giving care.
threatening conditions. Someone who has a life-threatening condition,           • It is important to be prepared for an emergency and to know how
such as not breathing or severe bleeding, requires immediate care by            to give emergency care.
trained responders and may require treatment by medical profession-
als. Call out for help. There are some steps that you can take, howev-          MORE INFORMATION
er, to Care for someone who is hurt, but whose injuries are not life            For information about your community's specific plans for response
threatening.                                                                    to disasters and other emergencies, contact your local office of emer-
                                                                                gency management.
Control Bleeding
• Cover the wound with a dressing, and press firmly against the
wound (direct pressure).
• Elevate the injured area above the level of the heart if you do not                                    Prepared with resources provided by
suspect that the victim has a broken bone.                                                              the American Red Cross.
• Cover the dressing with a roller bandage.
• If the bleeding does not stop:


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         Homeland Security
          Advisory System
Green    Low risk of terrorist attacks. Refine and exercise planned protective
         measures. Ensure emergency personnel receive training. Assess facilities
         for vulnerabilities and take measures to reduce them.

Blue     Guarded condition. General risk of terrorist attacks. Check communica-
         tions with designated emergency response or command locations. Review
         and update emergency response procedures. Provide the public with
         necessary information.

Yellow   Elevated condition. General risk of terrorist attack. Increase surveillance
         of critical locations. Coordinate emergency plans with nearby jurisdictions.
         Assess further refinement of protective measures within the context of
         the current threat information. Implement, as appropriate, contingency
         and emergency response plans.

Orange   High risk of terrorist attack. Coordinate necessary security efforts with
         armed forces or law enforcement agencies. Take additional precaution at
         public events. Prepare to work at an alternate site or with a dispersed
         work force. Restrict access to essential personnel only.

Red      Severe risk of terrorist attack. Assign emergency response personnel and
         preposition specially trained teams. Monitor, redirect or constrain
         transportation systems. Close public and government facilities. Increase
         or redirect personnel to address critical emergency needs.




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                           Be Aware



  We, as residents and visitors to Atlantic County, need to              • An unidentified individual asking specific questions about
                                                                           your facility (e.g., security related matters, etc.).
be aware of what is going on around us during these changing
                                                                         • An unidentified individual observed photographing, video-
times. As we become aware that new threats may be among
                                                                           taping and/or sketching the exterior or interior of any
us, it is important to identify who and what belongs in our
                                                                           government facility.
neighborhoods, communities and workplaces. Observations of
                                                                         • An individual without proper identification entering your
peoples activities, looking for suspicious persons or activities,
                                                                           facility claiming to be a contractor, law enforcement officer,
will aid in keeping our communities safe. We have been doing
                                                                           reporter or a service technician.
this for years through our "Neighborhood Watch" programs.
                                                                         • Unidentified individuals attempting to remove property from
However, with our new "heightened awareness" of potential
                                                                           an office or a facility without proper authorization.
threats, we must be reasonably sure of someone’s intention
                                                                         • Unidentified individuals who appear to be conducting sur-
before we make a report to our local law enforcement agency.
                                                                           veillance of a facility (e.g., sitting in a vehicle for an extended
   The following outlines some of the general characteristics of
                                                                           period of time and/or taking photographs or videotaping,
a suspicious person or activity.
                                                                            etc.).
                                                                         • An unidentified individual observed placing an object or a
          What defines suspicious person or activity?
                                                                           package outside a facility and departing the area.
                                                                         • Any unattended backpacks, boxes, containers, luggage and/or
• An unidentified individual observed loitering near a facility
                                                                           packages in an elevator, hallway, lobby, restroom, snack bar
  or in the lobby of a facility for an extended period of time.
                                                                           or stairwell of your facility.
• An unidentified individual dressed in oversized or inappro-
                                                                         • Any item that could be an improvised explosive device (e.g.,
  priate clothing (e.g. - a long heavy coat in warm weather)
                                                                           items with visible wires, antennas, batteries, timing devices,
  that appears to be concealing something.
                                                                           metal or plastic pipe with each end capped).
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      Anthrax
       To help allay the country's fears, the American Red Cross has compiled
     information from a variety of sources to answer commonly asked questions.

Q. What is anthrax?                                             4. Wash your hands with soap and water to pre-
                                                                   vent spreading any powder to your face.
A. Anthrax is an acute, infectious disease caused by            5. If you come in contact with the contents:
the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis. The                Remove contaminated clothing as soon as
cutaneous form (contracted through the skin) is the                possible and place in a plastic bag, or some
most common and is less deadly than the inhalation,                other container that can be sealed. This clothing
or pulmonary, form (contracted through inhaling the                bag should be given to the emergency
spores).                                                           responders for proper handling.
                                                                6. Next...
                                                                   • If you are at home, report the incident to
Q. How do I get it?                                                   local police.
                                                                        • If you are at work, report the incident to
A. It is transmitted by humans handling                                     local police, and notify your building
products from infected animals or con-                                     security official or an available supervi-
taminated materials, or by inhaling                                        sor.
anthrax spores.                                                               7. List all people who were in the
                                                                           room or area when the suspicious letter
                                                                           or package was recognized. Give this list
Q. Is anthrax contagious?                                                 to both the local public health authorities
                                                                      and law enforcement officials for follow-up
A. There is no evidence of direct person-                        investigations and advice.
to- person spread of anthrax.
                                                              Q. How can I identify a suspicious package or letter?
Q.   What should I do if I receive a suspicious               A. According to the U.S. Postal Service, typical
unopened letter or package with a threatening mes-            characteristics of suspicious letters or parcels include
sage such as "Anthrax"?                                       those that:
                                                                • Have any powdery substance on the outside.
A. You should:                                                  • Are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar
  1. Not open, shake or empty the contents of any                  to you.
     suspicious envelope or package.                            • Have excessive postage, handwritten or
  2. Place the envelope or package in a plastic bag                poorly typed address, incorrect titles or
     or other container to prevent leakage of con-                 titles with no name, or misspellings of
     tents. If the contents leak out Do Not try to                 common words.
     clean up the powder. Cover the spilled contents            • Are addressed to someone no longer with
     immediately with anything (e.g., clothing, paper,             your organization or are otherwise outdated.
     trash can) and do not remove this cover!                   • Have no return address, or have one that
  3. Leave the room and close the door, or section                 can't be verified as legitimate.
     off the area to prevent others from entering.              • Are of unusual weight, given their size, or
                                                                   are lopsided or oddly shaped.

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     Anthrax continued
  • Have an unusual amount of tape.                            5. Shut down the air handling system in the
  • Are marked with restrictive endorsements,                     building, if possible.
    such as "Personal" or "Confidential."                      6. If possible, list all the people who were in the
  • Have strange odors or stains.                                 room or area. Give this list to both the local
                                                                         public health authorities so that proper
Q.   What should I do if I suspect that a                                instructions can be given for medical fol-
bio- logical agent has been released into                                low- up, and to law enforcement officials
the air?                                                                 for further investigation.

A.   You should:
  1. Turn off fans or ventilation units in                              Q. Should I buy a gas mask?
     the area.
  2. Leave the area immediately.                                        A. No. It is not necessary to purchase a
  3. Close the door, or section off the area to              gas mask. In the event of a public health emergency,
     prevent others from entering.                           local and state health departments will inform the
  4. Next...                                                 public about the actions individuals need to take.
    • If you are at home, call 9-1-1 or your local
      emergency number to report the incident
      to local police. They will notify the FBI
      and other appropriate authorities.
    • If you are at work, call 9-1-1 or your local
      emergency number to report the incident to
      local police who in turn will notify the FBI
      and other appropriate authorities. Also, notify
      your building security official or an available
      supervisor.




                                                                                     Local fire departments
                                                                                     practice decontamination
                                                                                     procedures of emergency
                                                                                     personnel.




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                      ATLANTIC COUNTY
                     EVACUATION ROUTES
Situations may arise where your local emergency manager may feel that emergent conditions exist which
may warrant a voluntary, recommended or mandatory evacuation of your community in Atlantic County.
These situations could occur during a hurricane, northeast storm, flooding event or even during some
type of technological emergency, such as a terrorist attack, that is affecting your town. Speedy action,
when evacuation is necessary, will greatly aid emergency responders in doing their job as well as ensuring
your relocation to a safer place quickly and efficiently.




The major evacuation routes for Atlantic County are: Atlantic City Expressway, the Garden State
Parkway, US 9, US 30, US 40, US 322, State Routes 50, 87 and County Routes 559, Alt. 559 and Alt.
561.

When you begin to plan for an evacuation, be sure you have A Place To Go. Additional information can
be found in the first section of your local telephone directory.

Please review the map above to find the closest evacuation route out of your area.

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VISIT THESE USEFUL LINKS FOR ADDITIONAL
  DOMESTIC PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
              Atlantic County Emergency Preparedness
                        www.aclink.org/oep

  Atlantic County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Task Force
           www.aclink.org/PublicHealth/eptf/homepage.htm

           New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
                   www.njsp.org/ems/ems.html

       New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force
                      www.state.nj.us/lps

              Federal Emergency Management Agency
                          www.fema.gov

        The United States Department of Homeland Security
                  www.whitehouse.gov/homeland

                The Federal Bureau of Investigation
                           www.fbi.gov

                 Emergency Management Network
                  www.emergencymanagement.net



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