Disaster can strike at anytime, with that in mind you must be prepared at all times for a variety of disaster situations.
Planning for a disaster is critical, long in advance of the disaster striking, the better prepared you are the better your response to you and your families immediate needs.
Geographic locations are affected by common disasters such as hurricanes near the coast and tornados near the Midwest. Other disasters have no geographic commonality such as fires, floods and severe thunderstorms. Be sure to prepare for those natural disasters that are common in your geographical locations and have supplies and a plan for those that are less common.
Below are useful links for sites that will help you create your plan, organize your supplies and help you locate local resources in the event of a disaster.
|FEMA - Prepare & Plan||Website|
|Are you Ready?||Website|
|Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)||Website|
|Civil Air Patrol||Website|
|NOAA - Hurricane Preparedness||Website|
|NOAA - Storm Surge Preparedness||Website|
|American Red Cross - Prepare||Website|
|CDC - Emergency Preparedness and Response||Website|
|ASPCA - Disaster Preparedness||Website|
|National Center for Disaster Preparedness||Website|
|SBA - Preparedness (For Business)||Website|
|ReadyNC - Disaster Preparedness||Website|
|Dept. of Homeland Security - "Prepare my Family"||Website|
|Business Continuity Plan||PDF Download|
|Red Cross - Train Your Employees||Website|
|Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)||Website|
|CDC - Food and Water Needs: Preparing for a Disaster Emergency||Website|
|CDC - Types of Disasters and Weather Emergencies||Website|
|MetLife - Prepare for Natural Hazards||Website|
|Preparation for Wind Hazards and Hurricanes||Website|
Being prepared alone isn't always enough, be sure to get involved in training and educational programs that are available in your area. These courses will improve your ability to respond to a disaster and enable you to assist others within your community.