The Disaster Preparation Resource Page
Disasters, whether natural or manmade, can strike at any time.
Some of the most common forms of disasters include tornadoes,
hurricanes, floods, fires, snowstorms, chemical spills, earthquakes,
and sadly in some cases, terrorist attacks. All of these types of
disasters can cause a loss of property and life, which can result in
serous tragedy that takes many years to recover from. While most
disasters can be extremely threatening to our safety and security,
there are some things that can be done to help prevent or at least
limit risk to life, property, and health. The first rule of thumb in
any kind of disaster is to remain calm. By having a plan already put in
place, you can be better prepared to deal with a catastrophic event.
When disasters strike, being prepared can often mean the
difference between life and death. For parents, it is especially
important to discuss emergency preparations with your children so that
everyone will know what to do. Stick together and stay with your plan.
Make sure all medications are constantly filled, and be sure all
insurance policies are up to date. This includes health, automobile,
and home insurance. If you own a home, be sure you are covered for
flood insurance if you live in a flood zone. Being properly prepared
will allow you to have the resources needed in order to weather the
storm. It will also ensure that you stay safe and protected.
Everyone should have a "disaster kit" prepared, so they will
have necessities in case of a serious event. This kit should contain at
least 72-hours' worth of food, water, and medications. Store bottled
water and canned foods that are non-perishable. Include flashlights,
lanterns, and batteries. Candles are not recommended since they pose a
risk for fire. Do not forget important paperwork such as birth
certificates, passports, wills, or other documents. Be sure to seal
them in a fireproof or waterproof container in case you need to
evacuate, and make sure these documents go with you if possible. Think
about pets, and provide some emergency food and water for them as well.
Trail mix, peanut butter, and canned fruits and vegetables are good
foods to have in the event of a disaster. Be aware of escape routes so
you can evacuate as soon as possible if need be.
Certain areas of the United States may be prone to different
types of disasters more than others. On the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic
states, hurricanes are a common occurrence. People living in California
may be more apt to earthquakes or wild fires. New England and
Mid-Westerners often must deal with extremely cold temperatures and
snow or blizzards during the winter months. Every state or area of the
country has its own particular risk level of certain disasters. Refer
to the resources below in order to find out more about your particular
state of residence.
For additional information about disaster preparation, please
refer to the following sites: