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Disaster Planning and Preparation

Don't get caught when it's too late! Learn more about how to plan and prepare for natural disasters.

Recommended E-books

weather UXL Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters

Educational Videos

Blunt force trauma first aid [DVD] / American Safety ; Lenny Magill Productions. San Diego, CA : GunVideo ; Lenny Magill Productions, c2007. Call # DVD 616.02 BLU

Print Resources

Brinkley, Douglas The great deluge : Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast New York, NY : Morrow, c2006. Call # 976.3 BR

Cooper, Christopher and Block, Robert Disaster : Hurricane Katrina and the failure of Homeland Security New York, NY : Times Books, c2006. Call # 976.044 CO

Deyo, Holly Drennan Dare to prepare! Pueblo West, CO : Deyo Enterprises, c2004. Call # 363.34 DE

Edwards, Aton Preparedness now! : (an emergency survival guide) Port Townsend, WA : Process Media, c2009. Call # 613.6 ED

Gonzales, Laurence Surviving survival : the art and science of resilience New York, NY : W.W. Norton, c2012. Call # 155.935 GO

Kolberg, Judith Organize for disaster : prepare your family and your home for any natural or unnatural disaster Decatur, GA : Squall Press, c2005. Call # 613.69 KO

Liebsch, Bill & Janet It's a disaster!--and what are you gonna do about it? : a disaster preparedness, prevention & basic first aid manual Tucson, AZ : Fedhealth, c2005. Call # 363.34 LI

Miskel, James F. Disaster response and homeland security : what works, what doesn't Westport, CT : Praeger Security International, c2006. Call # 363.34 MI

Nikolopoulos, Daphne The storm gourmet : a guide to creating extraordinary meals without electricity Sarasota, FL : Pineapple Press, c2005. Call # 641.6 NI

On risk and disaster : lessons from Hurricane Katrina / edited by Ronald J. Daniels, Donald F. Kettl, and Howard Kunreuther Philadelphia, PA : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2006. Call # 363.348 ON

Ramirez, Maurice A. and Hedtke, John The complete idiot's guide to disaster preparedness New York, NY : Alpha, c2009.  Call # 613.69 RA

Rees, Martin Our final hour : a scientist's warning : how terror, error, and environmental disaster threaten humankind's future in this century - on Earth and beyond New York, NY : Basic Books, c2003. Call # 303.49 RE

Ripley, Amanda The unthinkable : who survives when disaster strikes and why New York, NY : Crown Publishers, c2008. Call # 155.935 RI

Schaefer - Jones, James (Jay) Preparing for the worst : a comprehensive guide to protecting your family from terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and other catastrophes Westport, CT : Praeger Security International, c2007. Call # 613.69 SC

Schneider, Bonnie Extreme weather : a guide to surviving flash floods, severe snow storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, c2012. Call # 613.69 SC

Solnit, Rebecca A paradise built in hell : the extraordinary communities that arise in disasters New York, NY : Viking, c2009. Call # 303.485 SO

Stearns, Bob The hurricane preparedness handbook New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., c2009. Call # 613.69 ST

Stewert, Creek Build the perfect bug out bag : your 72 - hour disaster survival kit Cincinnatio, OH : Betterway Books, c2012. Call # 613.69 ST

Thompson, Jerry Cascadia's fault : the earthquake and tsunami that could devastate North America Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, c2011. Call # 551.2209 TH

Waugh Jr., William L. Shelter from the storm : repairing the national emergency management system after Hurricane Katrina Thousand Oaks : SAGE Publications, c2006. Call # 363.34 SH

Recommended Websites

Are You Prepared?

In a major disaster, it might be several days before vital services are restored.

Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Planning

“A collection of CDC information resources for the public, as well as laboratory & public health professionals, on preparing for and responding to terrorist threats of biological, chemical or radiological origin. Site topics include: Preparation & Planning, Emergency Response, Lab Information, Surveillance, News & Media Relations, Training, Resources/Links, Lab & Health Professionals, and FAQ.”

Federal Emergency Management Agency

“FEMA is an independent agency of the federal government designed to be a "comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery." This site has information on disaster assistance, current weather storms updates, news, flood insurance information (aimed at both the public, local and state governments, and lenders) , as well as career opportunities, a kids section and updates on FEMA projects.”

FEMA for Kids

“Help your family learn to prepare for a disaster and become a disaster action kid at this website from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Humane Society

How to keep your pets safe from disaster


Created by the Red Cross. Preparedness information for vulnerable populations, including seniors, children, people with disabilities and mobilities issues, and people with pets, service animals or livestock.


The Ready Campaign of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, educating and empowering Americans to prepare for emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

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