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Disaster Preparedness

This booklet provides families, neighborhoods and local communities in West Virginia with basic  information and suggestions on how to prepare for unexpected emergencies.   (http://www.state.wv.us/wvoes/)

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has prepared this comprehensive library of disaster education, preparedness planning and mitigation articles, brochures, fact sheets, checklists and publications from a wide variety of sources to support disaster preparedness and planning activities in the home, neighborhood, workplace, school and community. (http://tallytown.com/redcross/educate.html)


This guide offers information such as storing food and water, preparing a disaster kit, and shelter-in procedures.(http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/familyplan.html)


This site was prepared by the American Red Cross in cooperation with the Humane Society.  Provides a guide to develop a disaster plan for families with pets. (http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/animalsafety.html)

FEMA.gov - Federal Emergency Management Agency

Revised in September, 2002,  Are You Ready?  provides a step-by-step outline on how to prepare a disaster supply kit, emergency planning for people with disabilities, how to locate and evacuate to a shelter, and even contingency planning for family pets.  Man-man threats from hazardous materials and terrorism are also treated in detail. (http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/)

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning.  Families can - and do- cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.  Follow the steps listed in this brochure to create your family's disaster plan.  Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. (http://www.fema.gov/rrr/famplan.shtm)

Ready.gov - From the Department of Homeland Security

Prepared in response to potential of a terrorist attack, this publication identifies simple things that the public can do now to prepare yourself and your loved ones.  Specific examples include assembling a supply kit and developing a family communication plan. (http://www.ready.gov/)

FirstGov Home Page

A comprehensive listing of topics related to emergency and disaster preparedness. (http://www.firstgov.gov/Topics/Usgresponse/Protect_Yourself.shtml).

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Tips on preparing for major catastrophes. (http://www.allstate.com/Catastrophe/PageRender.asp?Page=howprepare.htm)

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A wealth of informative links to disaster preparedness and recovery websites. (http://www.uwex.edu/lgc/disaster/disaster.htm)

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University of Florida Extension

Offers a variety of information on preparing for a handling disasters. (http://disaster.ifas.ufl.edu)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Offers guidelines for preparation and response for a variety of emergencies including power outages, biological, chemical and bioterrorism.  http://www.bt.cdc.gov/planning/index.asp