These days disaster can strike at any given moment. Whether it is a natural disaster (tornado, hurricane, snowstorm, tsunami) or an act of terrorism; disaster could be right around the corner. This has recently been illustrated by the September 11th attacks, the numerous Hurricanes to hit the southern portion of the country, the massive north eastern snowstorms, and the numerous summer tornados and heat waves. The best way to get through one of these disasters is to prepare ahead of time. Nobody knows when disaster will strike, but it will. It’s only a matter of time.
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, gas, electricity, or telephones were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.
Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. Learn more about Family Disaster Plans by contacting your local emergency management office or your local American Red Cross chapter.
Things to do to Prepare for a Disaster
Useful Disaster Planning Resoures
- The American Red Cross
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Contingency Planning & Disaster Recovery Website
- Your Family Disaster Plan
- The Disaster Center
- Institute for Business and Home Safety
- International Association of Emergency Managers
- National Fire Protection Association
- U.S. Geological Survey
- Ready Freddy™ Emergency Preparedness Kit
- Emergency Preparedness Products by Home Guard Inc.
- US Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Preparedness Site