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When Disaster Strikes! Locating Government Resources to Help During a Crisis

Disaster Preparedness

 

 

(1919) As a part of the national program of disaster preparedness, several divisions offices of the American Red Cross are establishing mobile disaster Relief units. Such units are made-up of standard supplies, securely packed, labeled and arranged for quick shipment by truck or train. A.R.C. Emergency Supply Room, Louisville, Ky. United States Louisville Kentucky, 1919. [10 October date received] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2017670248/.

Preparedness Plans

Preparing for Natural Disasters

Ready.gov is the federal government’s primary source for disaster preparedness resources, tailored to provide preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation information.
(Available in 13 languages)

America’s PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to encourage better preparation for emergencies.
(Available in 7 languages)

The Environmental Protection Agency offers general information for disaster preparedness, with specific guidance for homeowners, communities, and facilities.
(Available in Spanish and Vietnamese)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights health and safety concerns posed by natural disasters and severe weather, with a focus on food, water, sanitation, and hygiene information. There are also detailed tips for specific populations, such as older adults, children, and people with disabilities.
(Available in Spanish)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service provides fact sheets on food safety before, during, and after an emergency.
(Available in Spanish)      

DisasterAssistance.gov helps people with disabilities or access and functional needs learn how to prepare for a disaster, with links to guides and videos dedicated to specific needs.
(Available in Spanish

Medical Countermeasures

FDA-regulated products (biologics, drugs, devices) that may be used in the event of a potential public health emergency.