Important Legal Documents for Emergency Preparedness: One of the
things that many people forget about is the important documents they
need in the event of an evacuation. If your family suddenly has to
vacate your home, and you only have time to grab your disaster kit
and run, you will want to make sure it has the right documents to
keep you on track. This list will help you prepare for the next
disaster with the right documents.
Make a Disaster Plan for Your Pets
(Humane Society): How to keep
pets safe in natural disasters and everyday emergencies.
about Hurricane Readiness (CDC): June 1–November 30: If you
live in coastal areas at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) encourages you to begin preparing yourself for hurricane
Natural Disaster & Severe Weather (CDC): current information on dealing with weather
emergencies, including floods, tornadoes, and wildfires.
Radiation Emergencies: Although there are no guarantees of safety
during a radiation emergency, you can take actions to protect yourself.
You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear,
anxiety and losses (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Recovering from Disaster (Ready.gov): "Some general advice on steps
to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your
community and your life back to normal."
Picking up the Pieces after a Disaster (FTC): developing a
recovery plan can give you a sense of hope and purpose. Here are a
few tips and links to resources to help make the task less
Recovering From a Natural Disaster in College – A Student’s Guide
for What to do on Campus: Figuring out what to do in the
immediate aftermath of a disaster - earthquake, hurricane or
flooding - is a challenge for anyone, but students living away from
home from the first time may feel particularly vulnerable.
Recovering from Disaster – Getting the Most from Your Homeowner's
Insurance. Natural disasters bring a wide path of devastation in
their wake. Long after the initial loss of life and injuries occur,
homeowners who are affected are left handling the cleanup.
Salvaging Possessions and Valuables After a Disaster: this guide
offers you several different methods for saving possessions such as
photos, books, and documents, as well as information on how to eliminate
odors and clean furniture and other household items.
Small Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Guide: A business
continuity strategy is an emergency plan designed to help you safeguard
normal operations following a disaster such as a malware attack or a
Watch Out for Charity Scams During Natural Disasters: When natural
disasters strike, it’s natural to feel concern for those caught in the
midst of the disaster.…What you may not realize is that there are others
in the world who see natural disasters as an opportunity take advantage
of our heartfelt concerns by setting up charity scams.
Disaster and Emergency Resources (U.S. Department of Health & Human
Services): Prepare, Respond, Recover
- Plan Ahead for Disasters. Prepare for and respond to
emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.
Disasters and Emergencies – Stay Informed (Ready.gov). Know what
disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency
alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate.
Make sure your family has a plan and practices it often.
Ready (Dept. of Homeland Security): Colleges and universities
are encouraged to review, update and exercise their emergency plans
several times per year.
FEMA: An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness. The guide has
been designed to help the citizens of this nation learn how to
protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards.
It can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual.
Also available in Spanish.
Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIRMC) – U.S.
National Library of Medicine. The core purpose of is "to develop and
provide access to health information resources and technology for
disaster preparedness, response, and recovery."
Disaster Preparedness Essentials (Angie’s List Infographic).
Make sure you're ready for 72 hours on your own, thanks to this
disaster preparedness toolkit.
Disaster Preparedness and Self-Storage. What You Need to Know.
Disaster preparedness involves storing items you can use in the
event of a disaster, but it also involves planning for the storage
of the items you use every day.
Disaster Preparedness – Surviving Any Emergency: Why it’s
Essential to have a Plan of Action.
Disaster Safety & Assistive Technology: Protection for Seniors & the
Discounts and Resources to Prepare Your Kids for an Emergency or
Disaster: When an emergency strikes, your entire family – including
your children – should be prepared.
Recovery and Environmental Health (National Library of Medicine)
Disaster Preparation and Recovery (Medline Plus):
Preparing for a
disaster can reduce the fear, anxiety and losses that disasters cause.
| Floods |
Emergency Preparedness and Response (CDC): Emergency
Preparedness and You Information, on Specific Types of Emergencies,
Emergency E-mail and Wireless Network (Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention): gives you e-mail and even cell phone alerts about emergency
situations happening in your area. Select your state, county/parish and
then decide what type alerts you would like, be it weather, homeland
security, medical situations to list a few. Currently posted is
information on Seasonal Influenza (flu, basics, prevention and treatment
including the available vaccines. Even if you do not want the alerts, the
site is useful to visit periodically in order to find what is happening in
USGS Natural Hazards Gateway: educates citizens, emergency
managers, and lawmakers on seven natural hazards facing the Nation–
Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes, Landslides, Tsunamis, Volcanoes,
Extreme Heat Information. Provided by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC).
Heat Wave Safety (American Red Cross): Learn how to stay safe during
a heat wave and how to treat heat-related illness like heat exhaustion.