Emergency Preparedness

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American Academy of Pediatrics: Children, Terrorism and Disasters
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Offers articles and links on disaster preparedness to meet children's needs.

American Association of Poison Control Centers
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A nationwide organization of poison centers and interested individuals. The site provides a nationwide list of poison centers, phone numbers, and poison information.

American Red Cross Disaster Services
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Read the extensive section on disaster preparedness. Each year, the American Red Cross responds immediately to more than 67,000 disasters, including house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response page offers preparation tips, news and more.

Citizen Corps
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Created to help coordinate community volunteer activities. Citizen Corps programs build on efforts already in place in many communities to prevent crime and respond to emergencies.

Emergency Evacuation Preparedness: A Guide for People with Disabilities and Other Activity Limitations
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Extensive guide by the Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions covers preparedness, self-assessment, establishing a "personal support network," and more.

Emergency Mental Health and Traumatic Stress
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Helps to ensure that victims of Presidentially declared disasters receive immediate, short-term crisis counseling, as well as ongoing support for emotional recovery.

FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center
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Get real-time updates about airport closings and delays from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
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The federal agency tasked with disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery planning.

Humane Society of the United States
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Browse the preparedness information, consider becoming a Disaster Animal Response Team member, and learn how to support HSUS teams in protecting animals from disasters.

Institute for Business and Home Safety
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A nonprofit association that works to reduce deaths, injuries, property damage, economic losses and human suffering caused by natural disasters.

National Organization on Disability - Emergency Preparedness
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Aims to ensure that emergency managers address disability concerns and that people with disabilities are included in the emergency planning process. N.O.D. seeks to increase communication and cooperation between emergency managers and the disability community, and to educate people with disabilities about what they can do to be prepared.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
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The first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters. The goal of the Disaster Distress Helpline is to provide crisis counseling and support to individuals in distress related to disaster, in order to help them move forward on the path of recovery.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Browse the Disasters & Emergencies section for HHS resources.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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Works to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce U.S. vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

    Ready.gov
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    Emergency preparedness site coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Offers tips on making emergency supply kits, emergency plans, and more.

U.S. Fire Administration
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As an entity of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, its mission is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination and support.

U.S. Geological Survey
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Provides reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

 
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