Being ready for an emergency
The devastation from Hurricane Katrina has made us all stop to consider our level of disaster preparedness. Are you confident you’d know what to do in the event of an emergency? Do you have everything you need to deal with a fire, earthquake, storm, or other disaster? To help you get started, we’ve organized some excellent online resources—so you’re better prepared before disaster strikes.
General emergency sites:
- American Red Cross
A great place to start. Filled with comprehensive information.
Another comprehensive general site, with special emphasis on terror threats.
Disaster relief information, plus how to prepare for all kinds of natural hazards.
- Preparedness for Businesses
How to protect your workers, assets, and your entire company.
Things you can do to prepare:
- Build a Disaster Supplies kit
Find out what’s essential to stock in your home.
- Make a Plan
Planning strategies for various types of emergencies in different locations.
- Protecting Your Records
Learn how to keep your personal and financial records safe.
Preparing for specific disasters:
- Floods and flood insurance
Essential information for people living in flood hazard areas.
Learn about hurricanes and how to protect yourself and your home.
Learn what to do before, during, and after a tornado.
Get facts on smoke alarms, safe-guarding electrical wiring, planning escape routes, and more.
Complete earthquake preparation handbook with important survival information.
First aid and medical care:
- First Aid and Self Care
Comprehensive list of first aid treatments from the Mayo Clinic.
- CPR and Emergency Care
Life-saving information from the American Heart Association.
Locating loved ones:
- Next of Kin Registry
Free contact system for locating your next of kin in emergency situations.
- Family Links
International Red Cross site to help people find information about their loved ones.
Children and others with special needs:
- FEMA for Kids
Interactive site designed to engage and inform kids.
Info for the elderly and others with special needs (includes a large print function).
- Resources for Parents and Teachers
Tips and information on taking care of kids away from home.
- American Veterinary Medical Association
Guides on caring for house pets and farm animals.
- Disaster Preparedness for Pets
Tips from the Humane Society to safeguard your pet.
We have established link to the red cross www.harlemworldmag.com to help family and friends connect with victims of the devastating events in the Gulf Coast. Search our database, add information if you know someone is safe, or check the links to other national Hurricane Katrina survivor databases.