Disasters are going to happen, but if you're prepared you can
reduce the threat to life and property. Disasters take many forms. They're caused
by gale force winds, sudden floods, releases of deadly chemicals, fire, ice, even
upheavals of the earth itself. When disaster strikes, the best protection is knowing
what to do.
To find out more about disasters and steps you can take to
prepare, select a disaster or other topic below for further information.
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During or After a Disaster
House and Building Fires
It is important to consider the plight of animals during disasters.
The American Red Cross puts out several publications on how
to prepare your family for emergency by having a household disaster plan and
supplies kit. The publications marked PDF are in Adobe Acrobat format, which
requires the Acrobat reader. Download
here. These links should open a new window.
Family Disaster Plan (PDF)- 4-page, 3-color brochure describing four steps
to disaster safety--finding out what can happen, planning, preparing, and
Supplies Kit (HTML)- 4-page, 3-color brochure that gives information on
how to assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit and a checklist for items to place
Preparedness Checklist (PDF)- 4-page, 3-color brochure helps families
examine ways to prepare each household member and their home for disasters.
Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors (HTML)- 20-page
flip-page booklet giving disaster preparedness information with special emphasis
for older adults.
Preparedness for People With Disabilities (HTML)-
46-page booklet designed for use by anyone who has a disability or who works
with, lives with, or assists a person with a disability. Has information on
possible disaster effects, assessing personal needs and abilities, suggestions
about forming a personal support network, and fill-in-the-blank checklists.
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