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How prepared are you for disaster?

Updated and organized 3-29-2020

Sites geared to helping you prepare for poisoning, pandemics, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, flood and flash floods, fires, and disasters and emergencies generally. Let me know in comments if anything important is missing.


A preparation & safety awareness guide for travellers (Postcard Travel)
How to Pack an Emergency Kit for Any Disaster (Kenneth R. Rosen, NY Times, 7-3-17) The Life Straw "is Mr. Smyth’s choice for purification straws you can drink water through." If you have a container to drink from, iodine water purification tablets are a simpler, nearly weightless alternative."
SafeStars Resources (sites on child safety, campus safety, first aid and CPR, fire protection, earthquake readiness, flood readiness, hurricane readiness, and so on--not necessarily just for kids)
A to Z Guide to Security, Safety and Prevention (Angie's List)
Can Climate Change Kill the Internet? (My Move) During major weather events, the internet could be taken down--for prolonged periods. This piece addresses what to do if internet stops working and how to create an emergency communication plan for your family in case phones and internet go down during a storm.
Disaster Preparedness for Livestock
Older adults have special preparation needs when disaster strikes (Liz Seegert, Covering Health, AHCJ, 9-5-19) Many adults over 50 haven’t taken key steps to protect their health and well-being in case of severe weather, long-term power outages or other situations. Less than half have signed up for emergency warning systems offered by their community, which can give crucial information in case of storms, natural disasters, lockdowns, evacuation orders, public health emergencies and more. Fewer than a third have put together an emergency kit with essential supplies and medicines to get them through an emergency at home or take with them in an evacuation. And only a quarter of those who rely on electrical power to run health-related equipment have a backup power supply. A must read for elders and their families.
Go Kits (emergency survival kits) can be ordered online.
How to Prepare for a Winter Storm (Angie's List)


Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to minimize the risk of getting and spreading it
COVID-19, politics and the stock market vs. science and survival


Poison. Worried you ingested something deadly? This virtual poison control website can be a lifesaving tool (Erin Blakemore, WaP, 10-5-19): Poisoned? Get expert help online @ webPoisonControl (the online home of a project supported by 18 accredited poison control centers nationwide and operated under the auspices of the National Capital Poison Center in Washington).  Poison Control tells you what to do if you swallow, splash, or get stung by something that might be harmful. Don't guess! Get accurate answers prepared by poison control experts. See subsections on poison and prevention info (by substance, by age, by season, etc.; Pill identifier; and the Poison Post (a quarterly newsletter/blog you can subscribe to. See current and previous posts.

If the exposure took place in a child under 6 months old, a pregnant woman or someone with serious medical problems, call poison control at 800-222-1222.


Hurricane Basics (, which has similar sits for other types of disaster, including active shooters, drought, explosions, landslides, pandemic, and so on)
Hurricane Safety Checklists (National Hurricane Survival Initiative)
When Hurricane Warnings Are Lost in Translation (Terena Bell, The Atlantic, 9-8-17) Organizations are hitting roadblocks in getting information out to people in Florida who don't speak English.
Tornado Readiness: Protection from Extreme Wind (National Wind Institute)
Storm Spotting for Children: At-Home Meteorology (Alejandra Roca, Redfin, 12-20-17)


Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country: Your Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Region (U.S. Geological Survey and many partners)
Earthquake Proof Your Home: How to Prepare Your Home and Property for an Earthquake (InstallItDirect)


The Complete Guide To Preventing and Surviving Avalanches (Slope Hound, 6-11-19) 


Floods and flash floods (Disaster Center, which has material on other kinds of disaster also).


Fire Safety (KidsHealth)
Home Fire Escape Plan (Hartford) RESOURCES FOR JOURNALISTS

Helpful information is also available in these sections for journalists on the website Writers and Editors:
Covering disaster
Covering public and private tragedy and trauma
This blog post appeared first as part of Cool science sites
• Not a natural disaster, but in memory of a major one: Remembering (Or Not Remembering) 9/11 (Listen to radio special on 1a)


If you know of other helpful resources, please comment below.

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