This is a fantastic post about getting and being prepared in case of a disaster - either in your home or neighborhood or in your business! Check it out!
"Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!" said Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. I have to admit, I don't see too many of those outside of the zoo. But I could easily say, "Earthquakes, Forest Fires, Volcanos, Tornados, Hurricanes, OH MY!" And that's not even all of the natural disasters that could happen here in the U.S. over the next year, not to mention the ongoing concerns about terrorism. And THAT's why FEMA, Homeland, Red Cross, and other organizations are helping us remember to be prepared for all emergencies - small and large - this month via National Preparedness Month and they're encouraging all of us to help spread the word. So I thought I would round up some useful resources to help us all get prepared.
1. Every home would be wise to have an emergency kit prepared. Here are some good lists to use to create your own personal list:
- HomeLogic - What Should Be in an Emergency Survival Kit?
- PGE - Emergency preparedness including Prepare An Emergency Kit
- Real Simple - Make an emergency kit along with other tips and resources
- This Old House - I love the first item on the list - fishing line :)
2. Disaster Preparedness Resources:
- Ready.gov has many great publications to help be prepared.
- Red Cross has an online Disaster and Safety Library with a checklist and guides.
- FEMA - Avoiding Hurricane Damage: A Checklist for Homeowners
- Here are plenty of links for earthquakes, along with other resources, from California Emergency Services
- FEMA has some great videos including Power Outages, Fires, Earthquakes-this is a cute one by kids, and, of course, their introductory video for National Preparedness Month:
3. Protection Tips for Our fuzzy, furry, scaley and other friends:
- Humane Society - Make a Disaster Plan for Pets
- ASPCA - They have a great sticker available to order for free
- American Red Cross - Includes ideas for a pet preparation kit
- Ready.gov - Carning for Animals
- CDC - Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet
4. Disaster preparedness for specialty needs:
- Elderly seniors
- Old and historic homes
- Kids and Grandkids
- People With Disabilities
- My personal favorite - ZOMBIES along with a great smart phone mobile app
5. Disaster preparedness is also here at ActiveRain including:
- A Disaster Plan for Your Business - A Must Do! by Paula McDonald
- Be prepared for the big one! September is National Preparedness Month by Evelyn Kennedy
With all these resources, there is plenty to help each of us be prepared for disasters we hope never happens. And as the boy scouts love tor remind us, it's always wise to Be Prepared.
Photo of tornado public domain, used by permission courtesy of NSSL - NOAA
Image of Zombie Apocalypse used by permission courtesy of CDC