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DISASTER PREPARATION

Links to Family and Personal Preparation for Biological Chemical Nuclear or Terrorist Attack

A public service of Global Crisis

Initial Listing. We invite expert opinion and suggestions for additions.

News updates, events, articles, conferences, downloads   to top


  • Reuters ALERTNET Up-to-date News. "AlertNet provides global news, communications and logistics services to the international disaster relief community and the public. Reuters 150 years' experience reporting from disaster zones around the world allows AlertNet to give disaster relief organisations reliable information, fast."
  • Emergency Net "24 Hour News, Information, Analysis and Coverage of Disasters and Major Emergency Events All news articles appear here first, before being moved to the specialty pages for long-term archiving and reference purposes."
  • Disaster News Network Disaster News Network (DNN) is a news service that tells the story of disaster response and suggests appropriate ways the public can help survivors. It also facilitates information sharing among disaster responders. How to Help, Preparedness, Farm Disaster, Public Violence
    Regular News Services
  • BBC NEWS
  • New York Times
  • CNN News
  • WORLD CNN News
  • EUROPE CNN News
  • ASIA CNN News


  • Sites Giving Detailed Lists and Instructions on What and How to Prepare
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  • Family-Individual, Businesses, Kids(soon) Readiness
    READYAMERICA U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
    Family/individual: Survival Kits, Make a Plan as to what to do depending on where you are, Be Informed on possible threats
    Business: Plan to Stay in Business, Talk to Your People, Protect Your Investment
  • Ready.gov Make A Plan
    How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?     What is my shelter plan?     What is my evacuation route?     What is my family/household communication plan?
  • Make a Plan by American Red Cross
    Create and practice an emergency plan so your family will know what to do in a crisis.
  • American Red Cross Family Disaster Planning (PDF) Containing tips and information on steps to take to safeguard your family. Family Disaster Planning | Disaster Supplies Kit | Food Supplies Storing Supplies | Water Storage | Your Evacuation Plan Looking for a Home | Food and Water in an Emergency
    Includes foreign language versions.
  • Prepare.org info for Persons With Disabilities, Seniors, Children, Pets, Basic Preparedness
    ALSO IN LARGE PRINT.
    In 12 Languages
    Very Complete. Maintained by American Red Cross Bay Area.
  • Emergency and Disasters page - Health Canada
  • Prepare Yourself and Your Family... Check lists for Before, During and After an Emergency, Inforamation aabout agents, threats and hazards, Responding to Stress.
  • FEMA An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
    Are You Ready? Why Prepare, Emergency Planning, Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit, Shelter, Natural Hazards,  Technological Hazards, Hazardous Materials & Household Chemical, Nuclear Power Plants, Terrorism: explosions, biological, chemical, nuclear, radiological,  Recovering from Disaster, Water Conservation Tips,  Disaster Supplies Checklist, Family Communications Plan

  • The Humane Society of Canada
    PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY AND PETS AGAINST TERRORISM (pdf)
    Very detailed and helpful information.
  • U.S. Department of State
    ARE YOU READY? THE THREAT Chemical, Biological, Radiological , Nuclear

  • A public health guide to emergency planning An easy to follow guide to preparation and reaction in an emergency. Hosted by the New Jersey U.S. department of Health
  • Helping Your Children Cope in Your Protected Space Point by point discussion by Israeli psychologist on preparing children for war. Provided as a public service by israelpr.com
  • Before a Disaster: Plan for Your Pets
    FEMA "..during emergency evacuations, leaving pets should be an absolute last resort and encourage owners of pets and livestock to learn about which shelters allow animals during emergencies."
    “The likelihood that families and their animals will remain safe in an emergency tomorrow depends on disaster planning done today,”
    So, it’s critical to have an emergency plan in place that includes a fully-stocked animal emergency kit.
    Planning for animal evacuation:
        If you must leave your residence, have a plan for your family pets;
        Go online and locate several "pet-friendly" hotels in and out of your area;
        Identify friends or relatives outside your area where you and your pets can stay;..."
        much more
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    Personal Emergency APPS  to top


  • Prepare for the Unexpected with Red Cross Emergency App "The Emergency App is a resource that puts vital information at your fingertips. This all-inclusive app combines more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts from natural to man-made, giving you real-time information to help keep you and your loved ones safe."
  • 7 essential personal safety apps for emergency situations Guardly, LINE Messenger, Disaster Alert, Life360, SirenGPS, Red Panic Button, In Case of Emergency (ICE)
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    Links on Protected Space/Shelters & Safe Rooms   to top


    VERY IMPORTANT: A well sealed safe room has a limited amount of oxygen which will not be sufficient for a number of individuals for more than a very limited number of hours. It is important not to have a flame of any kind in the room as this will rapidly deplete the amount of oxygen. See recommended floor space in a room per person for a specified number of hours.


  • Frequently Asked Questions about sheltering-in-place FEMA Ready America
  • Tips for Safe Room from Author of Page Some observations from the Gulf War sitting in a safe room in Tel Aviv.
  • What to do during a hazardous materials incident Ready.gov information on what to do before, during and after an incident including information on sealed room.
  • Taking Shelter from the Storm FEMA: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business.
  • Sealing a Safe Room National Terror Alert
  • Will Duct Tape and Plastic Really Work? (PDF) Issues Related To Expedient Shelter-In-Place. Prepared by OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY, U.S.
  • Shelter in Place Kits How Duct Tape and Plastic can Save Your Life
  • The overall conclusion is that the importance of effective taping at the edges of plastic sheeting and effective taping at other points of entry is crucial to reduce the amount of air exchange from the outside regardless of the materials used. One study mentioned indicated that the experiments with direct contact with liquid agents showed a somewhat linear relationship between the thickness of the plastic sheeting and certain liquid agents (the thicker the sheeting, the longer the time for penetration of the liquid but there is no data on aerosols or vapors. "The data shows that at thickness of 10 mil [equivalents: 10 mil = 0.010 inch = 0.254 mm = 254 micron] or greater, the plastic sheeting provided a good barrier for withstanding liquid agent challenges, offering better protection against VX than for H."
    But the conclusion drawn by the authors in the light of all the data reviewed points to the effectiveness of plastic sheeting and effective taping regardless of materials as a barrier to air exchange into a safe room.
    For measurement conversions, see convertme.com - Distance and Length




    Food and Water For Emergency    to top

  • Food and Water in an Emergency
    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) & American Red Cross
  • A Guide to FOOD STORAGE For Emergencies
     According to family, nutrition and food science, food safety specialists, Utah State University.

    Health Issues Related to Biological and Chemical Warfare   to top


  • Chemical Agents - Indiana State Department of Health. Description of major agents used in chemical warfare. See Signs and Symptoms and also section on Decontamination in particular.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC
  • listing of all hazards
    see LEFT COLUMN for Specific Hazards: Bioterrorism, Chemical Emergencies, A-Z
    ALSO see
    Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness and Response ON LEFT: Are You Prepared?, Shelter In Place
    Expand the indices for: Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event, Information on Specific Types of Emergencies, Information for Specific Groups, Resources for Emergency Health Professionals
  • Chemical Terrorism Preparedness and Response Card from New York State Department of Health Recognizing and Diagnosing Health Effects of Chemical Agents, Decontamination and treatment, Nerve Agents Antidote Recommendations, Cyanide Antidote Recommendations, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Decontamination Guidelines

  • NATO Handbook NATO HANDBOOK ON THE MEDICAL ASPECTS OF NBC DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS Covers many areas and concerns in depth.

  • World Health Organization (WHO) Health Aspects of Biological & Chemical Weapons Plus the publication: Public health response to biological and chemical weapons: WHO guidance. 2nd edition, 2001 Russian version (Chapters 1-6)

  • eMedicine: Emergency Medicine - Warfare Emergency Medicine - Warfare - Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear And Explosives

  • Guidelines for Mass Casualty Decontamination During a Terrorist Chemical Agent Incident "Principles of Decontamination: Expect a 5:1 ration of unaffected:Affected Casualties, Decontaminate ASAP; Disrobing is Decontamination - top to bottom, more the better; Water flushing generally is the best mass decon method; After known exposure to liquid agent, first responders must self-decontaminate as soon as possible to avoid serious effects." Report prepared by U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM) January 2000.

  • Guidelines for Mass Casualty Decontamination During a HAZMAT/Weapon of Mass Destruction Incident, Volumes I and II


  • Sites With Lists Of Resources For Emergency Preparation   to top


  • Emergency Preparation listing of many sites under 12 categories. Very good resource.
  • up-to-date comprehensive (slow to open but worth it) Comprehensive list of internet sites for emergency planning, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Emergency Management and Medical Web Sites
    State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Department of Health.
  • Jim Placke's NBC-LINKS Impressive listing and resource locator


  • Guide for Organizations to top


    Ready.gov Emergency Response Plan
    Covers most disaster situations. Contains plans and links to relevant information needed
     
  • OSHA Emergency Preparedness and Response
     "how to prepare and train for emergencies and the hazards to be aware of when an emergency occurs. The pages provide information for employers and workers across industries, and for workers who will be responding to the emergency."
    Natural Disasters/Weather, Oil CBRNE(Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive) Incidents,     Disease Agents/Toxins,    Recent Emergencies,     Resources/Guides

  • RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES A GUIDE FOR ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES (PDF)
    This kit provides quick guidelines about how to help your community prepare for and respond to an emergency.



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