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Resources for Individuals and Families
What can a family do to prepare for disaster? The first step is to determine what kinds of emergencies might affect your home and family. Call a family meeting to discuss and decide how your family will respond to a disaster and then create a written family disaster plan. The plan should include information on family members (names of all family members and their birth dates and social security numbers); home address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses; emergency numbers; vehicle information; insurance information (vehicle, household, health); and a household inventory. The University of Missouri has created a downloadable disaster plan template to guide families through the process of developing a plan.
- The Alabama Department of Insurance provides information for consumers and insurance agents on disaster preparedness.
- American Red Cross provides a wealth of information and links to services.
- Emergency Financial First Aid Kit is a tool created in partnership with U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Citizen Corps and Operation HOPE. The publication lists five tips for preparing for emergencies and provides forms for families to complete. The forms are useful for keeping financial records in order to help maintain stability in the event of an emergency.
- The eXtension Family Caregiving resources range from a description of the difference between voluntary and mandatory evacuations to tips on addressing post-disaster stress.
- eXtension also has Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit.
- The Federal Communications Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau wants you and your family to be able to communicate in a disaster. Tips for communicating in an emergency include recommendations for all users and additional tips for people with disabilities and for communications providers.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed an extensive guide for disaster preparedness. 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-made threats from hazardous materials and terrorism are also treated in detail.
- The National Safety Council provides dozens of fact sheets on topics that focus on driving, safety inside and outside the home and other issues in its Fact Sheet Library.
- People with disabilities:
Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests additional steps for a disaster plan.
Prepare.Org, a Web site produced by the American Red Cross, includes disaster preparedness materials for people with disabilities. The site itself is primarily text in large print.
- Child Emergency Preparedness (pdf)
- First Aid Supplies (pdf)
- Pet Preparedness (pdf)
- Tornado Fact Sheet (pdf)
Respond and Recover
- Appropriate Clean-Up Attire: Safety First
- Steps to Tornado Recovery: Returning Home
- Checklist for Storm-Damaged Structures
- Clearing Debris from Land (Spanish and English) Extensión en Español
- After a Disaster: Recovery Safety Tips (Spanish and English) Extensión en Español
- Home Recovery The Disaster Handbook, national edition
- Facts about Mold and Dampness (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Mold EDEN Topic page provides information for educators and includes links to mold information in foreign languages
- Post Storm Tree Assessment (blog post by Beau Brodbeck and Jack Rowe, ACES)
- Sizing and Safety Tips for Power Generators University of Missouri Extension
- Safe Operation of Backup Power Generators (Spanish and English) Extensión en Español
Food and Water Safety
- Food and Water Safety When the Power Goes Out
- Food Safety: It's in Your Hands!
- Food Safety: Kitchen Sanitation Podcast
- Drinking Water and Food Environmental Protection Agency
- Disinfecting Wells After a Disaster Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Helping Children Cope After a Disaster ACES
- 14 Timely Tips for Stress Management ACES
- Talking with Adults Who Have Experienced Disaster ACES
- Children and Disasters EDEN Topic page provides information for educators
- Helping Children After a Disaster America Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (downloadable .pdf available)
- Children and Disaster: Part 1 Ages and Stages (Spanish and English) Extensión en Español
- Children and Disaster: Part 2 What Parents and Caregivers Can Say and Do (Spanish and English) Extensión en Español
- Emergency Preparedness for Dogs ACES
- Triumph Over Tragedy National Rural Behavioral Health Center
- Recovery: After A Tornado National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Caring for Yourself as a Parent or Caregiver in Times of Disaster (Spanish and English) Extensión en Español
- Disaster Assistance Information for Homeowners and Renters
- Records and Important Papers includes a section on replacing important papers
- What To Do If You Can't Pay Your Bills
- Home Repairs and Replacement After a Storm PowerPoint presentation
- Preventing Fraud Following a Disaster (Spanish and English) Extensión en Español
- Dealing with Disaster: Getting Your Home Repaired (Spanish and English) Extensión en Español
- Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit University of Minnesota Extension
- USDA Programs that Assist Individuals and Small Businesses (PDF)