Preparedness and Recovery Resources
Below are several resources you can access to make a disaster kit, create a plan and be informed.
- www.ready.gov/kids (FEMA)
A kid focused site specifically for kids to get involved in disaster preparing.
- Family Communications Plan template from FEMA.
- A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home (Environmental Protection Agency [EPA])
A guide for cleaning up residential mold problems and preventing mold growth.
- Dealing with Debris and Damaged Buildings (Environmental Protection Agency [EPA])
Information on safety, surroundings, structurally unsound buildings, and electrical equipment and concerns.
Emotional and Spiritual Care:
- Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event: Managing Your Stress During a Disaster (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA])
Information on stress prevention and management related to a traumatic event and tips for relieving stress.
- Tips for Talking to Children After a Disaster: A Guide for Parents and Teachers (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA])
Information on how to recognize common reactions children experience after a traumatic event and how to respond in a helpful way.
More Helpful Sites
- Ready.gov (Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA]).
FEMAs site for families, kids, and businesses to “Prepare, Plan, and Stay Informed.”
- American Red Cross Prepare your Home & Family
The American Red Cross’s page focused on preparing the home and family.
- Download FEMA’s Mobile App and learn what to do before, during, and after emergencies with safety tips & receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.
- Download the Iowa Legal Aid Disaster Relief App which offers tools for advanced preparation for disasters and tools for people who are experiencing the effects of disaster.
Getting Involved in Disaster Preparedness in Your Community