Here are links to sites geared to helping you prepare for hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, flood and flash floods, and to increase child and campus security. Let me know in comments if anything important is missing.
• Hurricane Basics (Ready.gov, which has similar sits for other types of disaster, including active shooters, drought, explosions, landslides, pandemic, and so on)
• 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 can be ordered online.
• 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."
• Hurricane Safety Checklists (National Hurricane Survival Initiative)
• 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)
• Tornado Readiness: Protection from Extreme Wind (National Wind Institute)
• Flood and flash floods (Disaster Center, which has material on other kinds of disaster also).
• Fire Safety (KidsHealth)
• 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)
• Home Fire Escape Plan (Hartford)
• A to Z Guide to Security, Safety and Prevention (Angie's List)
• Disaster Preparedness for Livestock
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
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• 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.