We talk about emergency preparedness a lot and we know there’s plenty to think about when it comes to putting together your plan, or your kit(s). So, we thought we’d give you a one-stop-shop for emergency preparedness resources so you never need to look any further than here.
General Emergency Preparedness Resources
Use these resources for a complete overview of planning, kits, supplies, and training you can use to prepare yourself and those in your household for emergencies of all kinds.
Do 1 Thing – Do 1 Thing aims to take the stress out of emergency planning by encouraging families and businesses to break down their efforts into small, easy steps. Each month has a general topic with a few subtopics for readers to follow, and, by the end of the year, families and businesses will have a complete emergency plan, that they can revise and update as needed.
Get Prepared – This complete guide from the Government of Canada explains how families and individuals can become better prepared for emergencies. From knowing the risks of your region to basic items you should include in your emergency kit, this guide will help you create your own emergency plan and 72-hour emergency kit.
American Red Cross – The Red Cross always helps people during and after emergencies of all kinds, but it’s also part of the organizations’ mission to help you help yourself. This guide will help you prepare for all kinds of emergencies using three simple steps – Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed.
Canadian Red Cross – This blog has everything you could need for emergency and disaster preparedness. Whether you’re looking for tips about severe weather preparedness, how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home, or what to do in a power outage, there are plenty of topics to help you with whatever is most applicable to you and your family.
FEMA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mission is to lead America to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from disasters with a vision of “a Nation Prepared.” With a multitude of resources as well as your go-to for current disaster updates and information, this is a great place for all your emergency preparedness information.
America’s PrepareAthon – Built by Ready.gov, PrepareAthon motivates people and communities to prepare for and protect themselves against disasters. Its goals are to increase the number of people who know the risks of their region, know what to do to stay safe, and act to increase preparedness while supporting their own communities.
Emergency Mommy – Started by Jennifer McLarty, Emergency Mommy has plenty of tips designed to make emergency preparedness fun, engaging, and memorable for families, while managing the emergencies of daily life.
CDC – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention works to protect America from health, safety, and security threats, and does so through critical research. It also provides Emergency Preparedness and Response resources to help individuals learn about different types of emergencies, how to protect themselves and loved ones, and how to stay informed overall.
Extension Disaster Education Network – The mission of this organization is to improve disaster and emergency preparedness through education, so you’ll find all kinds of resources here including fact sheets, social media, planning guides, and videos.
Department of Homeland Security – The DHS’ National Preparedness effort enhances preparedness through a complete cycle of planning, training, exercises, and evaluation following a disaster. In connection with FEMA, there are lots of great resources here to help you and your family prepare.
Individual Emergency Preparedness Resources
Use these resources for specific emergency planning efforts or to review and update anything you might already have in place.
Build a Kit – After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Make a Plan – Create and practice your emergency plan so you and your family know what to do in a crisis, whether at home, school, or the workplace. Your plan should include emergency contacts, meeting places, and evacuation routes from your home, school, and place of work.
Winter Weather Checklists – Many regions experience severe winter weather, but it’s also the time of year where power outages and other daily emergencies can happen. Stock up on emergency supplies for communication, food, safety, heating, and vehicles in case a winter storm arrives in your region.
American Red Cross Preparedness Apps – Be prepared on the go, and make sure you have the tools and preparedness information you need every day. With apps for every kind of emergency, from First Aid to Emergency and Earthquake Alerts, everything you need is at your fingertips.
Emergency Preparedness for Seniors – When it comes to looking after the seniors in our lives, we need to take some extra special steps to make sure they’re just as safe as everyone else, whether they’re family living in your home or nearby, or elderly neighbours.
Preparedness Planning for Your Business – Business leaders should prepare their organization for the most likely hazards of the region, gather and provide supplies for emergency kits, and create an emergency plan that is regularly updated, reviewed, and shared with employees.
Preparing Kids for Emergencies – With FEMA’s Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum, students in Grades 1-12 learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency, while developing skills like problem-solving, teamwork, leadership and communication.
How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan – In addition to installing smoke alarms on every level of your home, and carbon monoxide detectors outside all bedrooms, make sure you have a comprehensive fire evacuation plan for your family and practice it regularly so everyone knows what to do in the case of a real fire.
Pet Emergency Preparedness – We can’t forget our furry family members! If, in an emergency, you’re required to be away from home briefly or for a long-term evacuation, it’s important to prepare your pets, and yourselves, for all possibilities. Here’s another resource about preparing your pets for natural disasters too!
How to Prepare for An Emergency – This great blog post from TheEpicenter.com covers a complete list of ways to prepare your home and family for a disaster like an earthquake, hurricane, or long-term power outage. Get a complete list of preparedness tips and recommended supplies that you can gather for your home, car, and workplace.
Vacation Disaster Preparation Safety Guide – This guide offers plenty of tips on how to prepare for emergencies and stay safe while travelling including key stats and figures about travel safety and natural disasters across the world and a travel safety checklist to help you prepare before you go!
And if you’re interested in more emergency preparedness blogs, head on over to our previous article, Top 8 Emergency Preparedness Blogs. Happy preparing!
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