Emergency Preparedness

Every citizen in this country is part of a national emergency management system that is all about protection–protecting people and property from all types of hazards.  Think of the national emergency management system as a pyramid with you, the citizen, forming the base of the structure. At this level, you have a responsibility to protect yourself and your family by knowing what to do before, during, and after an event.  It is sometimes necessary to turn to others within the local community for help. The local level is the second tier of the pyramid and is made up of paid employees and volunteers from the private and public sectors. These individuals are engaged in preventing emergencies from happening and in being prepared to respond if something does occur. Most emergencies are handled at the local level, which puts a tremendous responsibility on the community for taking care of its citizens.


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Family Disaster Plan

In a disaster, ordinary items in the home can cause injury and damage. Anything that can move, fall, break, or cause a fire is a potential hazard. Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections. Fasten shelves securely. Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves. Hang pictures and mirrors away from beds. Brace overhead light fixtures. Secure water heater and strap to wall studs. Repair cracks in ceilings or foundations. Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products away from heat sources. Place oily polishing rags or waste in covered metal cans. Clean and repair chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors, and gas vents.

Site Emergency Planning Workbook

A site emergency plan describes, in detail, an organization’s policy and procedures for coping with an emergency situation on site. These policies and procedures should define how the organization will protect people and property. Developing the plan is the process of assigning emergency related tasks to individuals in the organization, and outlining protective actions to be taken. A site emergency plan should be consistent with the local government’s emergency operations plan.

Adult Care Facilities

For the purpose of this document, it is assumed that the adult care facility is in compliance with all the regulations for licensure and operation set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and State Fire Marshall, as well as any applicable city and/or county codes and regulations.

Picking Up the Pieces After A Disaster

Some natural hazards, like severe storms or earthquakes, may recur in the form of new storms or aftershocks over the next several days. Take all safety precautions if the hazard strikes again. For an earthquake aftershock, remember to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON just like you did during the initial earthquake.

After A Fire

Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Do not cut or walk past colored tape that was placed over doors or windows to mark damaged areas unless local authorities advise that it is safe to do so. If a building inspector has placed a color-coded sign on the home, do not enter it until you get more information, advice and instructions about what the sign means and whether it is safe to enter your home.

Are You Ready?

Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fi re and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs. People also can reduce the impact of disasters (fl ood proofi ng, elevating a home or moving a home out of harm’s way, and securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake) and sometimes avoid the danger completely.

Disaster Barrel Checklist

Some families prefer to store their emergency supplies in one location. Choose a place in your home which would be relatively safe in time of an earth­quake (such as a closet or under a bed). The perishable supplies will remain stable longer if stored in a cool, dark location.

Basic Preparedness Manual

Learn about the hazards that may strike your community, the risks you face from these hazards, and your community’s plans for warning and evacuation. You can obtain this information from your local emergency management offi ce or your local chapter of the American Red Cross. Space has been provided here to record your answers.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a highly toxic and potentially fatal gas that is odorless, colorless and almost undetectable by humans until serious symptoms occur and even then is often mis-diagnosed. At low levels, CO can cause flu like symptoms but higher levels can lead to brain damage or death.

Checklist for People with Mobility Problems

For the millions of Americans with mobility problems, emergencies such as fires and floods present a special challenge. Protecting yourself and your family when disaster strikes requires planning ahead. This checklist will help you get started. Discuss these ideas with your family, friends, or a personal care attendant, and prepare an emergency plan. Post the plan where everyone will see it

Helping Children Cope with Disaster

This booklet offers parents, caregivers, and other adults suggestions on how to help children cope with the effects of disaster, as well as how to be prepared before a disaster strikes.

Citizens’ Preparedness Guide

On the morning of September 11, 2001, America faced both an indescribable tragedy and an extraordinary challenge. Americans everywhere summoned their strength and rose to this challenge. And every time citizens gave their blood, their time, or their money, they sent a message to the cowards who committed these heinous acts— that the American spirit would stand strong and unwavering.

Emergency Preparedness Handbook

In the time of a disaster, whether man made or natural in origin, technological or an act of terrorism, many of us are not prepared to meet our most basic needs. In this guide are suggestions you may want to use to help prepare yourself and your neighborhood or community in the event of an emergency or disaster. These guidelines are not intended to be, and should not be considered as, legal, medical, technical or other professional advice, nor a substitute for any such advice.

Disaster Emergency Needs Assessment

This module is one of nine modules that have been prepared by INTERWORKS for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Disaster Preparedness office in Geneva. This module can be used as for independent study, as a reference guide on the subject, and to provide participants at a workshop training event on this topic. It is intended to accompany the trainer's notes on this topic. Their intended use is global, and they are written for generalists, planners and professionals with disaster preparedness and/or emergency response responsibilities both within the Federation and in the National Societies. Non-governmental organisations interested in disaster preparedness and preparedness planning, government emergency commissions, local disaster committees and civil defence training units may also find these modules useful.

Emergency Response

While it is impossible to accurately predict disasters with any degree of certainty, planning for any scientifically credible prediction will require actions on the part of not only the government, but by family members, neighbor and friends as well. These actions are taken in anticipation of an imminent damaging disaster. During this time, the emphasis is to prevent death and injury, and to protect property by:

Emergency Evacuation Preparedness Manual

A Guide For People with Disabilities and Other Activity Limitations

A Step-By-Step Aproach To Emergency Plan

This guide provides step-bystep advice on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program. It can be used by manufacturers, corporate offices, retailers, utilities or any organization where a sizable number of people work or gather

Emergency Planning Guide For Special Care Facilities

We define special needs as any human condition that may necessitate special care during an emergency or disaster response. Emergency preparedness manuals and training materials often assume that the individuals affected by disaster are all healthy, ambulatory and able to function independently in an emergency situation. We know that this is not always the case.

An Emergency Planning Guide for America’s Communities

Readiness barriers include lack of clarity about who is responsible for preparedness and response planning, what elements of the planning and response processes are critical, how to coordinate with state and federal emergency management programs, and how to obtain and sustain funding.Whenever or whatever disaster or mass casualty event occurs, community and local response will be key to survival; communities must look to themselves and adjoining communities for answers.

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Your Family Disaster Plan

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services–water, gas, electricity or telephones–were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.

Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit

After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it may take days. Would your family be prepared to cope with the emergency until help arrives?

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Prepare now for a sudden emergency. Learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead. This T checklist will help you get started. Discuss these ideas with your family, then prepare an emergency plan. Post the plan where everyone will see it—on the refrigerator or bulletin board.

Critical Actions To Take Before The Storm

This will help you think clearly and critically. According to Dr. Robert Chandler’s 3-Dimensional Model© of Effective Leaders, three core traits can be found in the most effective crisis leaders: • Strong communication skills - leaders should provide and solicit key information, engage in two-way communication, and interact as openly and honestly as possible. • Positive dispositions despite high stress - an effective leader has the capacity to remain calm, stable and focused during the most chaotic periods. • Expertise and seasoned experience - leaders should have plenty of field experience to draw upon and apply to new situations.

Disaster For People With Disabilities

Disaster Preparedness for People With Disabilities has been designed to help people who have physical, visual, auditory, or cognitive disabilities to prepare for natural disasters and their consequences.

Clinic Disaster Plan Guidance

Major and catastrophic events such as earthquakes, fires, severe weather, terrorism, and tornadoes can, and do, occur. However, common emergencies such as power outages, patient overcrowding issues, public health epidemics, legislative changes in health care delivery and demographic shifts generate more routine dilemmas.

Disaster Preparedness Guide For Pet Owners

We typically think of disasters as cataclysmic events such as floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes. Although we all like to think, “It will never happen to me,” disasters can strike anyone at any time. It is estimated that the United States suffers more than 150,000 household fires; 10,000 violent thunderstorms; 5,000 floods; 800 tornadoes; and numerous forest fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes every year. Each year, two to three million people are affected by disasters. Many of these people own animals and must provide care for their animals and themselves.

Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Guide

There is a Place in Stamford... Where People... Look out for each other

Repairing Your Flooded Home

This information is published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross to help flooded property owners. It is designed to be easily copied. Permission to reproduce all or any section of this material is hereby granted and encouraged.

Sever Weather Operating Guidelines

The procedures outlined on the following pages are written with the assumption that a certain degree of pre-planning has been done by the facility. It is stressed that it is the responsibility of each facility to develop operating procedures that are tailored to the facility. Each facility is different, and procedures written for one facility may not be appropriate for other facilities.

Sever Weather Preparedness

There are a number of severe weather hazards that affect Illinois, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, floods and flash floods, damaging winds and large hail. Severe weather hazards have the potential to cause extensive property damage, injury and/or death.

Talking About Disaster Manual

Development of this guide was made possible by a grant from the Home Safety Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping prevent the nearly 21 million medical visits that occur on average each year from unintentional injuries in the home. Through national programs and partners across America, the Home Safety Council works to educate and empower families to take actions that help keep them safe in and around their homes.

Thunderstorms... Lightning... Tornadoes... Nature s Nature’s Most Violent Storms

Where will your family be when disaster strikes? They could be anywhere—at work, at school, or in the car. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children are safe? Disaster may force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services—water, gas, electricity, or telephones—were cut off?

Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Disaster Toolkit

Over the past several years, natural and man-made disasters have devastated many parts of the country, and what echoes in each tragedy is the issue of equitable access to housing. As fair housing advocates, professionals, and providers, we have a responsibility to ensure that everyone has equitable access to safe, sanitary, decent, and accessible housing in the face of a disaster.

Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages

This guide is the product of the hard work and collaboration of many professionals affiliated with the organizations partnering with the American Red Cross, which represents the expertise and commitment of the following organizations:

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