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FEMA's website is packed with tons of helpful tips, instructions, & guidelines on how to prepare in advance for almost any type of natural disaster. We advise each family to take some time to review these helpful links. You can even download a PDF of their booklet "Are You Ready?" to help prepare well in advance of an emergency.

An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (IS-22) is FEMA’s most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness. The guide has been revised, updated, and enhanced in August 2004 to provide the public with the most current and up-to-date disaster preparedness information available.

Are You Ready? provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking the reader through how to get informed about local emergency plans, how to identify hazards that affect their local area, and how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan and disaster supplies kit. Other topics covered include evacuation, emergency public shelters, animals in disaster, and information specific to people with disabilities.

Are You Ready? also provides in-depth information on specific hazards including what to do before, during, and after each hazard type. The following hazards are covered: Floods, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Thunderstorms and Lightning, Winter Storms and Extreme Cold, Extreme Heat, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Landslide and Debris Flows (Mudslide), Tsunamis, Fires, Wildfires, Hazardous Materials Incidents, Household Chemical Emergencies, Nuclear Power Plant, and Terrorism (including Explosion, Biological, Chemical, Nuclear, and Radiological hazards).

Copies of Are You Ready? are available through the FEMA publications warehouse (1.800.480.2520).

FEMA RELEASES "Getting Ready For Disaster" DVD
Are You Ready? With the upcoming hurricane season on the horizon, killer tornados and wildfires in the Midwest and south and California floods breaking levies, FEMA announces the release of a new citizen preparedness DVD titled, "Getting Ready For Disaster- One Family's Experience". The DVD guides viewers through important steps of disaster preparedness and is a welcome addition to FEMA's preparedness materials.
Several additional factors are associated with resilience, including:
Introduction (Windows Media 6.3MB)
Get Informed (Windows Media 4.7MB)
Make a Plan (Windows Media 7.0MB)
Disaster Supplies Kit (Windows Media 5.6MB)
People with Disabilities (Windows Media 3.8MB)
Food and Water (Windows Media 5.8MB)
Helping Children Cope (Windows Media 5.8MB)
Get Involved (Windows Media 7.0MB)
A transcript of the videos has been provided for those that are unable to view these files.

Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
Are You Ready Full Document (PDF 21MB)
"Are You Ready?" document broken down by sections...
Why Prepare
Basic Preparedness
  Getting Informed
  Emergency Planning and Checklists
  Assemble Disaster Supplies Kit
  Hazard Specific Preparedness
  Practicing and Maintaining Your Plan
Natural Hazards
  Thunderstorms and Lightning
  Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
  Extreme Heat
  Landslide and Debris Flow (Mudslide)
Technological Hazards
  Hazardous Materials Incidents
  Household Chemical Emergencies
  Nuclear Power Plants
  General Information about Terrorism
  Biological Threats
  Chemical Threats
  Nuclear Blast
  Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)
  Homeland Security Advisory System
Recovering from Disaster
Appendix A: Water Conservation Tips
Appendix B: Disaster Supplies Checklists
Appendix C: Family Communications Plan (PDF 1.55MB)

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