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Learn First Aid

Plan ahead for accidents and emergencies.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Be Informed: What to Do Before, During and After an Emergency

Prepare, plan and stay informed! Taking these simple steps can make a big difference in ensuring your safety and well-being and that of your loved ones. Learn how to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

Department of Homeland Security

Ready.gov: Wildfires

If you live where there is an abundance of plants and other vegetation that can easily catch fire, you may be vulnerable to wildfires and you should take the following three simple steps to prepare.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Winter Storms & Extreme Cold

Winter weather can knock out heat and power and communications services to your home or office, cause traffic accidents on icy roads, and lead to hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

Review Date: March 21, 2013

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Interim Immunization Recommendations for Individuals Displaced by a Disaster

The CDC discusses their recommendations for immunizing people who have been displaced by a disaster, such as an earthquake or hurricane. In addition to the vaccines given routinely, several vaccines are suggested for evacuees living in crowded group settings.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Add 'ICE' to Your Cell Phone

Emergency physicians recommend that people add "ICE" entries in their cell phone address books." ICE stands for "In Case of Emergency." If you arrive in the emergency department unconscious, emergency staff will check your cell phone for ICE contact information.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

American College of Emergency Physicians

American Red Cross: Ways to Help

The American Red Cross helps people in emergency situations every day. Learn about donating blood, taking safety courses ,and volunteering to help your community.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

American Red Cross, National Headquarters

Coping with Disaster

This site provides several fact sheets with tips on coping with war, terrorism, and natural disasters.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

Mental Health America

Disaster Preparedness from the Alzheimer’s Association- (PDF)

A disaster situation, such as a hurricane or forest fire, can significantly add to the stress and confusion of someone with Alzheimer's. Use these disaster preparedness tips to help you keep your loved one safe during an emergency.

Review Date: March 14, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water

Natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods can disrupt your drinking water supply and your wastewater disposal systems. Use extreme caution when disinfecting water for drinking.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Emergency Medical Forms

In an emergency, you may not be able to tell your care providers about your complete medical history or you may be unavailable if your child needs attention in the emergency department of your local hospital. These forms help you get the care you need in a life-threatening situation.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

American College of Emergency Physicians

Emergency Preparedness and Response

This CDC site is intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. Topics covered include bioterrorism, chemical and radiation emergencies, mass casualties, severe weather and natural disasters, and recent disease outbreaks.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Emergency Preparedness: Safety at Home

It is important to identify and learn about the hazards most likely to occur in your community. Making a plan and sharing this information with your loved ones may prevent needless confusion, worry and injuries.

Review Date: March 27, 2013

National Safety Council

FEMA for Kids - Federal Emergency Management Agency

Click on these easy steps, talk to your family, and make an emergency plan and put it in a safe place. When you're all through, you'll be ready to graduate from Readiness U.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

Federal Emergency Management Agency

How Can I Prepare for a Radiological Emergency?

If you live within 10 miles from a nuclear power plant, learn what to do in the unlikely event of a nuclear power plant radiological emergency.

Review Date: March 17, 2011

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

How to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity- (PDF)

This guide provides an established plan to obtain and organize your medical device information, take necessary actions so that you can continue to use your device, have the necessary supplies for the operation of your device, and know where to go or what to do during a power outage.

Review Date: May 16, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

How To Use the 911 Emergency Telephone System

The 911 number may be accessed for free from any telephone when an emergency response is required. Learn when to call 911 and what to expect when you call the number.

Review Date: February 03, 2012

Healthy Roads Media

Information for Disaster Evacuees and Other Affected Persons

This page links to information that helps people learn what to do before, during, and after an evacuation. Links cover immunizations, medical records, skin infections, returning to school, and more.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Introduction to the 9-1-1 Systems- (PDF)

This page provides the public with resources on understanding and using the 9-1-1 Emergency System. Learn when to call for help and what to expect when you dial 9-1-1.

Review Date: February 16, 2011

National Academies of Emergency Dispatch

Keep It With You: Personal Medical Information Form

In an emergency situation, people may not be able to get to their medical records. The “Keep It With You” (KIWY) Personal Medical Information Form may be downloaded and used for people who need care during disasters and emergency situations.

Review Date: April 29, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

Learn how to keep food safe, minimize loss of food, reduce the risk of foodborne illness, and keep your family safe during an emergency.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

KidsHealth: What to Do in a Fire

How you act and what you do in a fire could save your life. This article tells you the right thing to do in case there's a fire where you live.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Mass Casualties: Burns

Learn how to prepare for, respond to, and cope with mass casualty events, including burns resulting from an explosion, bombing, or other traumatic event.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs

Plan for your safety by considering your functional abilities and possible needs during and after an emergency or disaster situation. You can cope with disaster by preparing in advance with your family and care attendants.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

American Red Cross, National Headquarters

Radiation Emergencies: Protecting Yourself and Your Family

If a radiation emergency occurs, people can take actions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their pets.

Review Date: December 07, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Radioactive Contamination and Radiation Exposure

Learn how radioactive contamination is spread and how to limit your exposure if radioactive materials are released into the environment as the result of an accident, an event in nature, or an act of terrorism.

Review Date: March 18, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ready Kids - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Ready Kids offers instructions on what kids and their families can do to be better prepared for emergenices.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Recognizing Medical Emergencies- (PDF)

A medical emergency is a sudden illness or injury that needs care right away. Learn to recognize the signs of medical emergencies so that you are able to reach help in time.

Review Date: February 03, 2012

Healthy Roads Media

Replacing Your Vital Documents

Most important personal records can be replaced. This page presents links to information on what to do to replace vital documents, including drivers' licenses and vehicle registration, immigration documents, military records, and more.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

U.S. General Services Administration

State Offices and Agencies of Emergency Management

This list contains addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, and web sites of the state offices and agencies of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Review Date: February 03, 2012

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Winter Weather: Protect Yourself and Others

This page provides preparation information about winter weather, including house and car checklists, emergency supplies, indoor and outdoor safety, and travel.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Youths: Food Allergy Action Plan- (PDF)

Create a customized emergency action plan with your allergist so that if you have a reaction, you’ll know exactly what to do.

Review Date: March 01, 2013

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network