Because of all the doomsday controverse lately surrounding 2012, this is posted just for your knowledge, its always better to be safe than sorry at any time, To care is to share :)
The following info comes from FEMA, Red Cross and NASA Headquarters and informs you about what to do in case of risk, emergency or disaster.
Prepare for Hazards
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U.S. Department of Agriculture's food and water safety tips before, during and after an emergency
Find out how to keep food safe during and after an emergency, such as a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power.
Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency (USDA)
The basics on ensuring food safety during a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power.
Emergency Preparedness (USDA)
Provides materials, including videos and podcasts, on ensuring food safety during emergencies.
Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods (FDA)
Proper safety precautions to keep food and water safe.
Food Safety for Consumers Returning Home After a Hurricane and/or Flooding (FDA)
How to deal with food, water, and food preparation areas after flooding.
Hurricanes and Floods - Key Tips for Consumers About Food and Water Safety (FDA)
What to do when flooding occurs.
Power Outages - Key Tips for Consumers About Food Safety (FDA)
What to do when the power goes out and when it is restored.
Keep Food and Water Safe After a Disaster or Emergency (CDC)
Includes tips for making water safe to drink and storing food.
Food, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Information for Use Before and After a Disaster or Emergency (CDC)
Chart: Refrigerated Food and Power Outages:
When to Save and When to Throw Out
Is food in the refrigerator safe during a power outage? Use this chart to find out.
Chart: Frozen Food and Power Outages:
When to Save and When to Throw Out
Is thawed or partially thawed food in the freezer safe to eat? Use this chart as a guide.
1. Move 150+ miles from the coasts.
2. Move at least 600 feet above sea level.
3. Move away from volcanoes and super volcanoes (like Yellowstone in northwestern USA).
4. Move away from earthquake /seismic/avalanche/fault zones (like the New Madrid Fault Zone in central USA).
5. Move away from dams that could break.
6. Move away from nuclear power plants that could become compromised.
7. Move away from high elevations where radiation levels will be highest.
8. Move away from large populated areas where food riots could escalate into chaos and mayhem.
9. Make sure you have a prepareness plan and a disaster Supplies Kit ready.
|RED CROSS Prepareness
Disaster Assistance - How Does it Work?
The First of many links on Survial Preparedness The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) has issued several on-line "Prevention Guides"
Disaster Mental Health Handouts *new*
|The following disaster handouts are categorized into material for Adult Victims, Families & Child Victims, and Disaster Workers & their Families. READ MORE
Knowledge and Preparation "Knowledge and preparation" are the keys to survival in the event of a catastrophe, from an annoying power outage to TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It). Do you want to be prepared? Or do you want to be surprised? Make disaster preparations at home. Survivalism is a state of mind. The Red Cross offers tips and information about natural disasters.
Red Cross Preparedness Check List
Disasters happen anytime and anywhere. And when disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. A highway spill or hazardous material could mean evacuation. A winter storm could confine your family at home. An earthquake, flood, tornado, or any other disaster could cut water, electricity, and telephones-for days. After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it may take days. Would your family be prepared to cope with the emergency until help arrives? Your family will cope best by preparing for disaster before it strikes. One way to prepare is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit. Once disaster hits, you won't have time to shop or search for supplies. But if you've gathered supplies in advance, your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement.
Prepare Your Kit
Review the checklist below. Gather the supplies that are listed. You may need them if your family is confined at home. Place the supplies you'd most likely need for an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. These supplies are listed with an asterisk (*). There are six basics you should stock for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container--suggested items are marked with an asterisk(*). Possible Containers Include-
- A large, covered trash container,
- A camping backpack,
- A duffle bag.
Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more. Store one gallon of water per person per day. Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).*
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. *Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit: Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables Canned juices Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.) High energy foods Vitamins Food for infants Comfort/stress foods
First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first aid kit* should include:
Non-Prescription Drugs Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever Anti-diarrhea medication Antacid (for stomach upset) Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center ) Laxative Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
- Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
- Assorted sizes of safety pins
- Cleansing agent/soap
- Latex gloves (2 pairs)
- 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- Triangular bandages (3)
- Non-prescription drugs
- 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
- 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
- Moistened towelettes
- Tongue blades (2)
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Tools and Supplies
- Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*
- Emergency preparedness manual*
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
- Flashlight and extra batteries*
- Cash or traveler's checks, change*
- Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
- Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
- Tube tent
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Aluminum foil
- Plastic storage containers
- Signal flare
- Paper, pencil
- Needles, thread
- Medicine dropper
- Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
- Plastic sheeting
- Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Clothing and Bedding
- Toilet paper, towelettes*
- Soap, liquid detergent*
- Feminine supplies*
- Personal hygiene items*
- Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
- Plastic bucket with tight lid
- Household chlorine bleach
Special Items Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons
- *Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
- Sturdy shoes or work boots*
- Rain gear*
- Blankets or sleeping bags*
- Hat and gloves
- Thermal underwear
For Adults *
- Powdered milk
Entertainment Games and books
- Heart and high blood pressure medication
- Prescription drugs
- Denture needs
- Contact lenses and supplies
- Extra eye glasses
Important Family Documents
Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates) Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car. Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc. Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications. General Disaster Preparedness Materials for Children "Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book" (ARC 2200, English, or ARC 2200S, Spanish) for children ages 3-10. "Adventures of the Disaster Dudes" (ARC 5024) video and Presenter's Guide for use by an adult with children in grades 4-6. To get copies of American Red Cross Community Disaster Education materials, contact your local Red Cross chapter. This brochure is also available in other languages from the Red Cross Website . The translations were provided by the Humanitarian Resources Insititute.
- Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds
- Passports, social security cards, immunization records
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card account numbers and companies
Vietnamese From "Disaster Supplies Kit." developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.
NASA Headquarters Emergency Operations - Family/Personal Preparedness