TOPEKA, Kan. – September is National Preparedness Month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers a comprehensive selection of free publications that provide simple and effective steps individuals, homeowners, and businesses can take to be prepared when disaster strikes.
The following publications will be particularly helpful for Kansans as they plan ahead.
Are You Ready?
This comprehensive guide has been designed to help citizens learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. It can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual. The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property. Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains the food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity for individuals and their families to survive following a disaster in the event they must rely on their own resources.
FEMA Publication Numbers: IS-22
Emergency Preparedness Checklist
Readers can learn how to protect themselves and cope with disaster by planning ahead. This checklist will help them get started developing emergency plans for their families.
FEMA Publication Numbers: L-154
Preparing for Disaster for People with Special Needs
This booklet will help people with disabilities prepare an emergency plan to protect themselves, family, friends, personal care assistant and others in the support network in the event of an emergency.
FEMA Publication Number: 476
Protect Your Business from All Natural Hazards
Protecting your business from disasters caused by natural hazards can involve a variety of actions, from inspecting and maintaining your buildings to installing protective devices. One example of disaster protection is safely storing the important documents, electronic files, raw materials, and inventory required for the operation of your business.
Against the Wind: Protecting Your Home from Hurricane and Wind Damage
This brochure discusses some things homeowners can do before the next high wind event occurs, including improvements or temporary wind protection.
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 247
Protect Your Property from High Winds
Protecting your property from high winds can involve a variety of actions, from inspecting and maintaining your building to installing protective devices. For buildings with Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS) walls, a type of wall often used for commercial buildings, one example of wind protection is inspecting and maintaining the walls.
Animals in Emergencies
This FEMA Kit includes two DVDs that address what planners, public officials, and pet owners need to consider when planning for emergency animal and pet evacuation, transportation, and sheltering. The "What Owners Need to Know," DVD focuses on the planning tools for pet owners.
FEMA Publication Numbers: K-673
Coping With a Flood - Before, During, and After
This brochure gives tips on what to do before, during, and after a flood in order to protect family and property from damage and to mitigate losses.
FEMA Publication Numbers: F-206
Flood Preparation and Safety
Floods can happen anytime and anywhere. And they can happen fast. This document presents some important tips to prepare.
FEMA Publication Numbers: F-684 F-684S f-684s
Protect Your Property from Flooding
Protecting your property from flooding can involve a variety of actions, from inspecting and maintaining the building to installing protective devices. One example of flood protection is using flood-resistant construction materials.
These and numerous other helpful guides are available at the www.fema.gov web site. An easy-to-use search tool lets visitors search by keyword, hazard type, resource type, language, and other criteria. A good place to start is: www.fema.gov/library/index.jsp.