Disaster Planning... a subject often ignored. However, as recent Tsunamis, Hurricanes, and Ice Storms have proven, disasters can happen anytime. And the events don't have to be "big". Even something as minor as a falling tree can start a disaster, should it cut off your electrical power for several days or cause an unchecked gas leak.
When it rains, you open an umbrella and close the windows in your house. When it gets cold, you put on a jacket and turn on the heater in your house. You and your home are prepared for these everyday contingencies. And when disaster strikes, you and your home should be just as prepared, so that the disaster can be weathered just as calmly.
Disaster Preparedness is very different from "Survivalism". Survival is what you do when you wash up naked on a desert island. Disaster Preparation is carrying a lifeboat and filling it with supplies so that you don't have to wash up naked on a desert island. The Basic Physiological Needs that must be supplied are (in order of importance): Oxygen, Fluids, Nutrition, Body Temperature, Elimination, Shelter, Rest, Physical Safety, and Psychological Safety.
Here is a collection of FREE documents discussing disaster preparedness. These documents can help you to keep relatively safe and comfortable for several days, while cut-off from normal community infrastructure. Although these documents were valid at the time of their writing; technological advancement and social change means that these documents should not be considered the final word, but rather just the start, of your individualized, neighborly, preparedness planning.
Read and heed!
- "Disaster Mitigation" describes actions that can be taken to prepare yourself for every kind of disaster; Climate, Air, Flame, Earth, Water, Civil and NBC.
- "Protecting Dependents" describes specific preparations necessary to ensure the safety of Animals, Seniors/Disabled, and Children.
- "Hazard Maps" show areas where specific risks are higher.
- "Emergency Supplies" and "Emergency Shelters" covers emergency alternatives should your home become compromised, and "Evacuation Issues" covers when you are forced to leave.
- "Neighborly Response" reveals both what community resources you can draw upon in an emergency, and what you as a private individual can do to assist your neighbors in their emergency.
Some General Preparedness Information
- Preparing for the Unexpected .pdf
- Emergency Preparedness Starts With You .pdf
- Practical Guidelines for all Emergencies .pdf
- Family Preparedness Guide .pdf
- Talking About Disaster .pdf
- Emergency Preparedness Information Booklet .pdf
- FEMA Disaster Preparednes & Mitigation Library .zip
Just for Kidz
- Be Ready Book .pdf
- Guide to Fighting Germs .pdf
- What youth can do .pdf
- Civil Protection Cartoon .pdf
- Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book .pdf
NOTE: "Civil Defense" is an old fashioned name for the volunteer force now called "CERT" (the Community Emergency Response Team). The "Federal Civil Defense Administration" was merged into "FEMA", which was itself absorbed into the "U.S. Department of Homeland Security". With absorption they no longer persue a civilian sheltering program (although previously placarded shelters are often still capable of providing fallout protection). "Duck and Cover" is an old fashioned name for the life-saving proceedure now called "Drop, Cover and Hold On".