Emergencies and natural disasters can cause anything from mild to devastating damage.
Ready.gov offers information on how to prepare and respond to a natural disaster or emergency, including:
On average, every three hours, someone in the United States dies from a fire. Learn ways to prevent a fire in your home and teach everyone in your family what to do if your home is on fire.
Get the basics from Ready.gov on preventing fires in your home, and learn about specific fire hazards:
Natural disasters are sudden environmental events that have catastrophic consequences, such as loss of life and property damage, including hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and forest fires.
Learn how to recognize hazards and what to do to protect yourself and your family at Ready.gov’s Natural Disasters website.
Visit the following links for additional information:
Consider using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s free mobile application, Weather the Storm. FEMA’s app offers weather alerts, shelter locater, safety tips and information on applying for federal assistance after a disaster. The weather alerts do not replace Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) function available on many new smartphones.
A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new virus, which the human population has little to no immunity against, emerges and spreads easily from person-to-person worldwide. While such a situation rarely happens, planning for pandemic influenza can help lessen its impact.
Sometimes communities or individuals must leave their homes because of dangerous weather, fire, chemical accidents, or other emergency situations. Local officials may decide that hazards are serious enough to require evacuations.
Radioactive contamination and radiation exposure can occur if radioactive materials are released into the environment as the result of an accident, an event in nature, or an act of terrorism. Such a release could expose people and contaminate their surroundings and personal property.
For more information, visit the following links:
View the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) severe weather forecasts, warnings, and updates on various forms of hazardous weather:
General information on preparing for severe weather is also available.
Another option for weather alerts, consider the FEMA mobile application, Weather the Storm. The app can give you alerts from the National Weather Service, plus other information such as safety reminders, locate open shelters and share your disaster photos with first responders. The FEMA app does not replace Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) function available on many new smartphones.
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