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Disaster Preparedness

Prepare for an Emergency

There is no way to know when the next disaster will strike. Make sure your family is prepared. Planning ahead can help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Find a Red Cross Shelter

To find emergency shelter and supplies during a disaster, search for open Red Cross shelters by address, city, state, and/or zip code.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

American Red Cross, National Headquarters

Ready.gov: Floods

Flooding is the nation's most common natural disaster. Be prepared for flooding no matter where you live, especially if you are in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Ready.gov: Hurricanes

Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. If you live in a coastal community, learn what to do if you are told to evacuate.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

Department of Homeland Security

Being Prepared for an Earthquake

Surviving an earthquake and reducing its health impact requires preparation, planning, and practice. Learning what actions to take can help you and your family to remain safe and healthy in the event of an earthquake.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Interim Immunization Recommendations for Individuals Displaced by a Disaster

The CDC discusses their recommendations for immunizing people who have been displaced by a disaster, such as an earthquake or hurricane. In addition to the vaccines given routinely, several vaccines are suggested for evacuees living in crowded group settings.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Personal Preparation and Storage of Safe Water

After an emergency, such as a flood, hurricane, or earthquake, drinking water may not be available or safe to drink. This information will help you plan for treating and storing your water in the event of an emergency.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ready.gov: Earthquakes

45 states and territories throughout the United States are at moderate to high risk for earthquakes. Since it is impossible to predict when an earthquake will occur, it is important that you and your family are prepared ahead of time.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

Federal Emergency Management Agency

News You Can Use (For Kids)

The news can be full of stories about unexpected or bad things. Seeing these things on TV, or even experiencing them first hand, can cause you to feel uncertain, worried, or scared. Here are some tips for helping you to understand the news.

Review Date: February 28, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness

This guide provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness. Learn about emergency plans and hazards in your area, emergency communications plans, disaster supplies kit, public shelters, issues for people with disablities and pets, and recovering from a disaster.

Review Date: September 19, 2012

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Caring for Animals

Make plans in advance for your pets to keep them safe in an emergency

Review Date: March 23, 2012

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Coping With a Disaster or Traumatic Event

The effects of a disaster, terrorist attack, or other public health emergency can be long-lasting, and the resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster. This page provides general strategies for promoting mental health and resilience.

Review Date: February 05, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Diabetes Disaster Preparedness- (PDF)

As a person with diabetes, your daily routine involves schedules and planning. An emergency can seriously affect your health. Plan and prepare before disaster strikes.

Review Date: June 28, 2011

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

Earthquake Information for Individuals and Families

Learn what to do in an earthquake and how to help make your family, your home, and your community more resistant to the potentially dangerous and damaging effects of earthquakes.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Older Adults

This publication offers emergency preparedness tips for older adults, including stocking an emergency medical kit, assembling a disaster supply kit, and more.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

AGS Foundation for Health in Aging

Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) For Disaster Affected Individuals

Learn about the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) for individuals who are affected by a disaster of national significance and have no other drug or durable medical equipment (DME) coverage.

Review Date: March 29, 2013

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Family Emergency Plan- (PDF)

Fill out these cards and give one to each member of your family to make sure they know who to call and where to meet in case of emergency.

Review Date: March 24, 2012

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA: Coping With Disaster

Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. This document offers general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community, and your life back to normal.

Review Date: October 17, 2012

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Find Disaster Assistance

This site provides information for the prevention and recovery of disasters. Find Disaster Assistance for families, farmers, ranchers, and small businesses.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

Rural Information Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture

First-aid Kits: Stock Supplies that Can Save Lives

Use this list to check the supplies in your first aid kits.

Review Date: March 24, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Flooding: Response and Recovery

This page lists general information to help people in flooded areas recover and reduce risks caused by a flood.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

FloodSmart.gov: National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Learn how to prepare for and recover from a flood, file an insurance claim, and find answers to frequently asked questions about flood and hurricane preparedness.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Get a First Aid Kit

A well-stocked first aid kit is a handy thing to have. To be prepared for emergencies, keep a first aid kit in your home and in your car.

Review Date: April 19, 2012

American Red Cross, National Headquarters

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do

This booklet describes the impact of violence and disasters on children and adolescents, with suggestions for minimizing long-term emotional harm.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

Helping Children Cope With Disaster

This brochure provides parents with some suggestions for helping their children manage their feelings about any traumatic event.

Review Date: December 16, 2011

American Red Cross, National Headquarters

Hurricanes

Information about keeping food and water safe, private water wells, mold, debris and other environmental issues that arise when a disaster happens.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Hurricanes - Prepare Before the Storm

Learn how to prepare before the storm. Get supplies, make a plan, and learn about hurricane recovery to increase your safety during a storm.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hurricanes: Health and Safety

Information related to Hurricanes and what to do before and after a storm. Other information offered on hurricane preparedness, finding missing persons, emergency disinfection of drinking water, disaster assistance, and more.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Individuals with Access & Functional Needs

Take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Key Facts About Flood Readiness

This document offers information on how to be prepared for a flood, the emergency supplies you will need, and what to do if you do or do not need to evacuate.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

National Center for Environmental Health - NCEH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Learn How to Shelter in Place

Follow these tips if you are instructed to "shelter-in-place."

Review Date: March 24, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Lightning Safety for You and Your Family- (PDF)

Lightning is a serious danger. Learn more about lightning risks and how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your belongings.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Lightning: What You Need to Know- (PDF)

Find tips on what to do to stay safe indoors and outdoors when you hear thunder and see lightning.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Mass Casualties: Burns

Learn how to prepare for, respond to, and cope with mass casualty events, including burns resulting from an explosion, bombing, or other traumatic event.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Hurricane Center

Find the latest news on hurricanes, tropical depressions, and tropical storms by visiting the National Hurricane Center.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service

Plan and Prepare for Many Types of Emergencies

Find tips on how to prepare for many types of emergencies including: power outages, winter storms, heat waves, floods, earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, chemical emergencies, acts of terrorism, and more.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

American Red Cross, National Headquarters

Potassium Iodide (KI)

Potassium iodide (KI) is a salt of stable (not radioactive) iodine that may be used to prevent thyroid damage after a radiological or nuclear event. Always seek the advice of your doctor before you or a family member takes KI.

Review Date: September 10, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs

Plan for your safety by considering your functional abilities and possible needs during and after an emergency or disaster situation. You can cope with disaster by preparing in advance with your family and care attendants.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

American Red Cross, National Headquarters

PublicHealthEmergency.gov

This site acts as a portal for residents in the U.S. and worldwide to obtain information from all U.S. federal agencies involved in a public health emergency, a medical disaster or the public health aspects of a natural or man-made disaster.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Returning Home After a Disaster: Be Healthy and Safe

Find tips for staying safe when returning home after a disaster, such as a flood or earthquake.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Seniors: Tailor a Plan for Your Needs

Learn about some commonsense measures older Americans can take to start preparing for emergencies before they happen.

Review Date: March 26, 2012

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Teaching Your Child How to Use 911

Teach your children how to use 911 in an emergency.

Review Date: March 24, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events: A Guide for Parents and Teachers- (PDF)

This fact sheet explains how preschool-aged, adolescent, and young children may respond to a disaster and provides tips to help parents talk with their children after a disaster.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tornadoes

Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a tornado warning, can help protect you and your family. Although nothing can be done to prevent tornadoes, there are actions you can take for your health and safety.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What Consumers Need to Know About Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods

This fact sheet provides information for consumers on what they need to know about food and water safety during hurricanes, power outages, and floods. Find preparedness tips for when the power goes out, once power is restored, and when flooding occurs.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

When to Call 911

Learn when to call 911 and what information you need to give.

Review Date: March 24, 2012

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA
U.S. Department of Transportation