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Disasters affect entire communities, from services such as water and electricity to the local economy and school systems. Everyone has a role in preparing for an emergency or a disaster. The following links provide resources to help you prepare for disasters. Use them to make your community a safer place to live and work.


  • The Alabama Forestry Commission provides information about rural community fire protection as well as current status of county fire alerts.
  • Alabama’s Water Quality Program includes a comprehensive database of answers to questions on a variety of water-related topics. The questions are subcategorized under general information or one of the eight current USDA/CSREES water quality themes.
  • The Disaster Education Guide, produced by the National Disaster Education Coalition,“has been developed to assist anyone providing disaster safety information to the public.…Users of this guide may include emergency managers, meteorologists, teachers, disaster and fire educators, public affairs/public relations personnel, mitigation specialists, media personnel and/or any other person in the severe weather, earthquake, disaster, or communications communities.”
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency Web site includes information on rebuilding safer, stronger homes and communities, including plans and activities that focus on the prevention of loss of life and damage to buildings and other structures.
  • The U.S. Department of Education emergency planning page describes several emergency planning resources available to schools.
  • U. S. Department of Labor, Office of Safety and Health Administration provides technical links to safety and health topics.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site includes a comprehensive emergency preparedness and response page. It includes current agents (bioterrorism and chemical), diseases and other threats.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 includes Alabama. The Web site provides access to compliance assistance, financial and grant information and other resources.