Disaster Preparation

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I’ve lived in earthquake country. I’ve lived in hurricane country. I’ve even visited in tornado country. I’ve learned that there are wonderful little booklets with all sorts of valuable information for each of these types of disasters. Problem is, I always seem to bring them home from the store, get interrupted, and promptly misplace them. I decided to put them all right here so I can have easy access to them and you can too!


I would suggest that the first thing to do is to open any of these that are appropriate to your area, and save them onto your own computer. After that print them out so that in case a disaster hits unexpectedly and you are unable to link to the internet, you still have them on your computer. And if your computer got thrashed as well, you do have a hard copy – you just have to find it.  I will be keeping mine in a file called DISASTER INFO in my main file cabinet. So the next time I can’t find where it is, I’ll do a search of this blog and know right where to look J. Feel free to join me there.



FEMA has an excellent video – 


Red Cross also provides outstanding resources, in both English and Spanish.




Of course, as caregivers, we not only have to plan ahead for our needs, we also need to be planning for our loved ones’ needs. Whether it’s making sure to have extra formula and water bottles for babies, compiling lists of needed medicines for children or adults, perhaps purchasing an extra cane to add to the supplies for an elderly relative, it does make for some extra planning and thinking ahead. The Red Cross and FEMA sites have excellent information for these specific needs as well.


FEMA has a great site for kids to teach them how to prepare and why – I definitely bookmarked that for my grandkids and me to work on: http://www.ready.gov/kids


The Red Cross offers a complete section for special needs preparation entitled People with Disabilities and other Special Needs  




California is one of the major sites for earthquakes. It is definitely logical that their state would have good resources regarding preparing for them:


Red Cross – They provide earthquake specific information, in both English and Spanish:



Red Cross – They provide flood specific information, in both English and Spanish:



NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – A  LOT of great information along with many guides:

NOAA’s BE PREPARED information is easily laid out – 


Red Cross – They provide hurricane specific information, in both English and Spanish:



NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration –  Tornado information





Well, now I have some excellent disaster preparation ready to go no matter what state we are in. Hopefully we won’t need it, but I’m glad it’s there if  we do. Do you have any other Disaster Preparation sites you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about them. Just write a comment below with them or share it at Facebook.com/SandwichINKforTheSandwichGeneration

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