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Practice and Maintain Your Disaster Safety Plan

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Preface
Part 1: Why Prepare for Natural Disasters?
Part 2: Basic Preparedness for Natural Disasters
A. Getting Informed
B. Emergency Disaster Planning and Checklists
C. Assemble Disaster Supplies Kit
D. Shelter from Natural Disasters
E. Hazard Specific Preparedness
F. Practice and Maintain Your Disaster Safety Plan
Part 3: Natural Hazards
A. Floods
B. Tornadoes
C. Hurricanes
D. Thunderstorms and Lightning
E. Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
F. Extreme Heat
G. Earthquakes
H. Volcanoes
I. Landscape and Debris Flow (Mudslide)
J. Tsunamis
K. Fires
L. Wildfires
Part 4: Technological Hazards
A. Hazardous Material Incidents
B. Household Chemical Emergencies
C. Nuclear Power Plants
Part 5: Terrorism
A. General Information About Terrorism
B. Explosions
C. Biological Threats
D. Chemical Threats
E. Nuclear Blast
F. Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)
G. Homeland Security Advisory System
Part 6: Recovering from Disaster
Appendix A: Water Conservation Tips
Appendix B: Disaster Supply Checklists
Appendix C: Family Communication Plan

FEMA Homepage

Once you have developed your plan, you need to practice and maintain it. For example, ask questions to make sure your family remembers meeting places, phone numbers, and safety rules. Conduct drills such as drop, cover, and hold on for earthquakes. Test fire alarms. Replace and update disaster supplies.

For More Information[edit]

If you require more information about any of these topics, the following are resources that may be helpful.

FEMA Publications

  • Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book. FEMA-243. Coloring book for ages 3-10. Also available in Spanish.
  • Before Disaster Strikes. FEMA A-291. Contains information about how to make sure you are financially prepared to deal with a natural disaster. Also available in Spanish.
  • The Adventures of Julia and Robbie: Disaster Twins. FEMA-344. A collection of disaster related stories. Includes information on preparedness and how to mitigate against disasters.
  • FEMA for Kids. L-229. Provides information about what FEMA (specifically fema.gov) has to offer children.
  • Community Shelter. FEMA 361. Contains guidelines for constructing mass shelters for public refuge in schools, hospitals, and other places.
  • Food and Water in an Emergency. L-210 If an earthquake, hurricane, winter storm, or other disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, and electricity for days, or even weeks. By taking some time now to store emergency food and water supplies, you can provide for your entire family.
  • Helping Children Cope with Disaster. FEMA L-196. Helps families understand how to help children cope with disaster and its aftermath.

Individuals with Special Needs. Information about helping people with disabilities in a disaster and resources for individuals with disabilities.

American Red Cross Publications Facing Fear: Helping Young People Deal with Terrorism and Tragic Events. A school curriculum designed to help alleviate worries and clear up confusion about perceived and actual threats to safety.

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[http://www.fema.gov/ Federal Emergency Management Agency U.S. Department of Homeland Security 500 C Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20472 External Affairs: (202) 646-4600 [http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ (800) 621-FEMA / TTY (800) 462-7585 3 Step Guide for Assistance [http://www.ready.gov/