Secretary Tom Ridge Says July 4th Ideal Time To Prepare

Posted July 1, 2004 at 6:19 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO  --As we approach the fourth of July holiday, there are no specific terrorist threats.

Nonetheless, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is urging families to develop emergency plans in the event of a terrorist attack.

The government has designed a web site to help families prepare for the unexpected. The address is You can download planing materials and information about both natural and man made disasters.

Tips for Creating a Family Plan:

1. Meet as a family before departing on holiday travel.

2. Make a list with each family member's name, date of birth, SS# and medication information.

3. Determine where to go in an emergency.

4. Write down contact numbers.

5. Make sure every family member carries a copy of this important information.