Article Content

IF A NATURAL DISASTER or other emergency strikes, would you be ready? These websites can help you prepare yourself, your patients, and your community for any kind of emergency.


American Red Cross


A page on the American Red Cross website called "How to Prepare for Emergencies" provides information on preparing your home, family, and workplace. Along with a discussion of the types of disasters that could take place in your area, it includes guides for effective planning and choosing the essential supplies that should make up your family's survival kit. The Red Cross also includes emergency preparedness tips and advice for specific populations, such as older adults, people with disabilities, people with children and/or pets, businesses, and schools.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


The CDC is a great source for preparing for natural disasters and extreme weather. Visitors can find information on health and safety concerns for both the general public and healthcare professionals. This site also includes links to additional resources for disaster evacuees, response workers, older adults, children and their caregivers, pregnant women, and more.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


This website offers a wide range of resources and guides to help businesses and response workers prepare and train for emergencies. OSHA provides a comprehensive list of fact sheets as well as Quick Cards, which are condensed versions of these fact sheets that anyone can print out and keep on hand for an emergency.


Ready Campaign


Ready is a public service advertising campaign created in 2003 by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help educate and prepare people for natural and man-made disasters. Check this site for information on all types of emergencies, including natural disasters, terrorist attacks, pandemics, and home fires. Some types of emergencies or disasters are broken down into subcategories detailing what to do before, during, and after they occur.