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Homeownership Alliance to homeowners: Duck and cover

Guide offers tips on emergency planning in face of terrorist threats

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The Homeownership Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have released a free emergency preparedness guide for homeowners with tips on emergency supplies, emergency planning and terrorist threats. "We were approached by the Department of Homeland Security to work on the guide because we do a lot to promote the fact that the American home is where many people have most of their money and we want to help them keep it safe and protect their investment," said Karen Kay Chappell, spokeswoman for the Homeownership Alliance. The guide was written by the DHS as part of its "Ready" campaign, created to help Americans be prepared for disasters and emergencies, Chappell said. The Homeownership Alliance is paying for printing and distribution. The guide's release will be formally announced today at a kick-off event at Habitat for Humanity International's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The guide advises how to seal off a room against airborne chemicals or other substances. Ot...