Hurricanes and More: Emergency Preparedness
Living in Florida my entire life, I’ve seen my share of hurricane watches, warnings, and landfalls. So, when the spaghetti models showed that tropical storm Isaac might head this way, it didn’t take much to feel ready for the possible effects. A full tank of gas, a few supplies from the grocery store, and fully charged electronic devices left me feeling prepared. Of course, as often happens, the storm didn’t heed the weather forecasters' predictions, and we were left with only rain and a day off from school.
Now the storm is slowly moving to the north, and while my family has been lucky this time, I continue watching the reports, thinking of all the families who are now making their own preparations. To that end, we have a few sites to share for those who would like to know more, not only about this storm, but about preparing for all kinds of emergencies.
First we have Google, stepping in with new resources for those looking for information. Knowing that in this day and age, “googling” for information is a first step, they’ve created a page that compiles all the relevant information one would want during a crisis in one, easy-to-use page. What is included?
The team collaborated with the Red Cross, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and various government and NGO partners to present emergency storm warnings, alerts of earthquakes and more, including active shelters and the forecast path of the storm. It also allows for user-generated content, should people in the area have photos, warnings and advice, or other relevant information.
If you have older children, you might find the kids’ portion of FEMA’s website to be a great resource.With basic categories from facts to checklists, along with interactive games and tools, the site provides enough info to help kids understand, without frightening them. This site covers a range of emergencies, from natural occurrences like hurricanes and earthquakes, to fire emergencies and terrorism.
If you are one of our families facing the arrival of Isaac, there are resources for planning available through the National Hurricane Center.
After an emergency situation passes, there may still be lingering affects. We've got advice on "Helping Your Toddler Cope with Natural Disaster."
Now that we've shared, we're curious to know whether your family is already prepared. Take our poll, and let us know if you already have a plan in place.
Our thoughts are with all our EverydayFamily members who may be affected by Isaac. Stay safe.