Resilience and Disability

VII. Dealing with a disaster in your community.

A natural disaster such as a hurricane or a tornado or a man-made one, such as a toxic spill or a terrorist attack can create a series of personal disasters for you and your family. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Red Cross have created a number of websites (see below) that can provide you with information of how you can prepare for these events. We would encourage you to link to these cites that describe how to put together a Go Kit or Ready Kit. We would encourage you to follow their advice.

We would encourage you to develop a plan for dealing with a potential disaster, such as a fire in your home. The plan would include answers to such questions as, Where will you meet outside the building? In the event of a disaster such as a tornado or hurricane, family members may be separated, how will you know they’re okay? Who will you check in with?

Practicing the skills and the attitudes of resilience before they are needed in a disaster is just as important as putting together a plan and a Go Kit. We would encourage you to do both.



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