Disaster Recovery Plan Resources
Having a proper evacuation plan can make all the difference in keeping you and your family safe during a hurricane. And, if you run a business, it can also help you get back on track faster after a disaster. Hurricanes are unpredictable and can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to homes and properties,but the good news is that there are several agencies that offer valuable information and guidance on how to prepare, stay safe, and recover from natural disasters.
- American Red Cross: The Red Cross offers tips on how to best prepare for a storm: what to do before, after, and during the storm. They do this in addition to aiding hurricane victims. You can also buy emergency supplies from the Red Cross.
- Ready.gov: This site, manage by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, offers guides to help you prepare for both natural and man-made disasters. It can help with things such as:
- Emergency supplies to stock up on
- Making a hurricane plan
- How to safeguard your property
- What to do in the hours before a hurricane
- How to be safe after a hurricane passes
- National Weather Service: The National Weather Service will keep you updated on current weather developments during a storm. To make sure you can get these important updates, it is recommended you have a weather radio, which will work in nearly any weather conditions. It uses the FCC’s Emergency Alert System to communicate critical information to victims of natural disasters.
- NOAA: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the organization that manages the National Weather Service. Their website has a plethora of information on hurricanes, complete with satellite imagery and hurricane tracking.
- CDC: The Center for Disease Control offers resources to help you understand the potential health risks that arise from a hurricane, including bacteria and mold that can grow in the standing flood water. They offer tips on:
- Creating an evacuation plan
- Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning
- How to find safe food and water supplies
- How to stay safe when helping your community recover