Emergency Preparedness Resources

Common sense approach to preparing natural and man-made disasters

This page provides information for people to prepare for and clean up after common disasters. If you are trying to survive the apocalypse or a nuclear holocaust, this site is not for you. But if you want to be prepared for small and large disasters that happen all the time, read on. I’m the survivor of one house fire, many blizzards, and countless power outages. I’ve hid in the basement from tornadoes, had my neighborhood flooded, escaped protests before they got violent, and survived minor earthquakes.

I grew up during the Cold War and lived in fear that the world I knew would be destroyed, probably by the Soviet Union. As a kid, I knew which local sites were prime targets in a nuclear war and what the impact would be on our house depending on how the nuclear bombs were detonated. I knew this for each different place we lived.

Over the years I watched people obsess about preparing for this type of apocalyptic disaster. This generally meant spending extravagant amounts of money of survival gear and non-perishable food that they will never eat. At the same time, I watched as people died in hurricanes or other disasters because they didn’t have basic supplies to survive until help could arrive

This is the place that helps people prepare for disasters mentally, emotionally, physically, and emotionally, from people who’ve been there.

Food Safety and Power Outage https://www.foodsafety.gov/food-safety-charts/food-safety-during-power-outage

Types of Disasters to Prepare For based on where you live (USA) https://web.archive.org/web/20140717040901/http:/www.crisishq.com/why-prepare/us-natural-disaster-map

How to make an Emergency Preparedness Plan (34 pages ) https://www.fema.gov/pdf/areyouready/basic_preparedness.pdf

Extended version of FEMA preparedness book, 2004 (204 pages) https://www.fema.gov/pdf/areyouready/areyouready_full.pdf