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Disaster Preparation and Recovery

URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/disasterpreparationandrecovery.html

Preparing for a disaster can reduce the fear, anxiety and losses that disasters cause. A disaster can be a natural disaster, like a hurricane or tornado. It might also be man-made, like a terrorist attack or chemical spill. You should know the risks and danger signs of different types of disasters. You should also have a disaster plan. Be ready to evacuate your home, and know how to treat basic medical problems. Make sure you have the insurance you need, including special types, like flood insurance.

No matter what kind of disaster you experience, it causes emotional distress. After a disaster, recovery can take time. Stay connected to your family and friends during this period. Federal Emergency Management Agency

Start Here

Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness(Federal Emergency Management Agency) - Links to PDF - http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/ Also available in Spanish http://www.fema.gov/spanish/areyouready/

Picking up the Pieces After a Disaster(American Red Cross) - http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_23_,00.html


Emergency Preparedness(National Fire Protection Association) - http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=791

Emergency Preparedness and You(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - http://www.bt.cdc.gov/preparedness/

Make a Plan(Dept. of Homeland Security) - http://www.ready.gov/america/makeaplan/

Preparing for Disaster(American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency) - Links to PDF - http://www.redcross.org/images/pdfs/preparedness/A4600.pdf

Latest News

U.S. Better Prepared for Health Disaster, CDC Says(02/20/2008, Reuters Health) - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_61355.html

CDC State Preparedness Report Highlights Progress and Challenges(02/20/2008, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2008/r080220.htm

Potential Health Effects Associated with Hydrazine and Satellite Reentry(02/20/2008, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - http://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/hydrazine/HAN_02_2008.asp

Related Issues

DisasterHelp(Office of Management and Budget) - https://www.disasterhelp.gov/suite/

Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water(Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water) - http://www.epa.gov/safewater/faq/emerg.html Also available in Spanish http://www.epa.gov/safewater/agua/desinfeccion.html

Emergency Preparedness: What Consumers Need to Know to Prepare for an Emergency(American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) - http://www.ashp.org/emergency/consumerbulletin.cfm

FAQs about Building Evacuation(National Fire Protection Association) - http://www.nfpa.org/displayContent.asp?categoryID=811

Get a Kit(Dept. of Homeland Security) - http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/

Health Recommendations for Relief Workers Responding to Disasters(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentReliefWorkers.aspx

Healthy Shelter Living (American College of Physicians Foundation) - Links to PDF - http://foundation.acponline.org/hl/shel_en.pdf

How Do I Get Food and Water?(Federal Emergency Management Agency) - http://www.fema.gov/rebuild/recover/foodandwater.shtm

Individuals with Special Needs(Federal Emergency Management Agency) - http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/specialplans.shtm

Information for Pet Owners(Federal Emergency Management Agency) - http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/animals.shtm

Injuries and Mass Casualty Events(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - http://www.bt.cdc.gov/masscasualties/injuriespub.asp Also available in Spanish http://www.bt.cdc.gov/masscasualties/es/injuriespub.asp

Insulin Storage and Switching between Products in an Emergency(Center for Drug Evaluation and Research) - http://www.fda.gov/cder/emergency/insulin.htm

Keep Food and Water Safe After a Disaster(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater/ Also available in Spanish http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/espanol/foodwater.asp

Personal Workplace Disaster Supplies Kit(American Red Cross) - Links to PDF - http://www.redcross.org/static/file_cont118_lang0_61.pdf

Recover & Rebuild(Federal Emergency Management Agency) - http://www.fema.gov/rebuild/

Take the Opportunity to Make Your Home Safe for You and Your Family!(American Red Cross) - http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_7_,00.html

What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/needtoknow.asp Also available in Spanish http://www.bt.cdc.gov/poweroutage/espanol/needtoknow.asp


Safe Water in a Disaster (Healthy Roads Media) - Requires Flash Player - http://www.healthyroadsmedia.org/english/Files/flv/engsafwat.htm

Financial Issues

Disaster Recovery: A Guide to Financial Issues(American Red Cross) - http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/FinRecovery/

Financial Preparations(American Red Cross) - http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_605_,00.html

Relief Aid in a Disaster(National Fire Protection Association) - Links to PDF - http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//PDF/Research/GR/fact/e/Disaster_Relief_Aid.pdf

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Disaster relief -- see more articles - - http://womenshealth.gov/tools/disaster.cfm


Community and State Information(Dept. of Homeland Security) - http://www.ready.gov/america/local/


American Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org/ Also available in Spanish http://www.cruzrojaamericana.org/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/ Also available in Spanish http://www.cdc.gov/spanish/

Federal Emergency Management Agency - http://www.fema.gov/ Also available in Spanish http://www.fema.gov/spanish/index_spa.shtm

Law and Policy

Strategic National Stockpile(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - http://www.bt.cdc.gov/stockpile/


FEMA for Kids(Federal Emergency Management Agency) - http://www.fema.gov/kids/

Preparing for Disaster: The Parent View(National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies) - http://www.childcareaware.org/en/resources/preparing_for_disaster/

Ready Kids(Dept. of Homeland Security) - http://www.ready.gov/kids/home.html


Disaster or Emergency Preparedness Plan for Women(National Women's Health Information Center) - http://womenshealth.gov/tools/disaster.cfm


Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors(American Red Cross) - http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_9_,00.html Also available in Spanish http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/foreignmat/seniorssp.pdf

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Date last updated: March 19 2008 Topic last reviewed: February 20 2008