Disaster & Survival Forum

  • Is Optimism Inhibiting Preparedness?

    It is a common phenomena that people often assume that negative events, such as a burglary or serious illness will happen to “someone else.” However, a recent study written about on Psych Central by Janice Wood shows that this is also true when it comes to natural disasters. While that may seem like an obvious “negative event,” research shows that even people who have already experienced a disaster themselves, still feel that it is more likely to happen to “someone else.” Can this type of thinking affect disaster preparedness?

    Source: http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/03/02/even-after-disaster-people-remain-optimistic/52135.html

  • Disaster Preparedness: Earthquakes

    Like many natural disasters, earthquakes are only experienced in specific regions of the world. In the U.S. the state that first comes to mind is California. Also like other natural disasters, you don’t need to be in a “hot-spot” to understand how destructive they can be. If you live in a region that is even at moderate or low risk of experiencing an earthquake, it is important that you not only understand the dangers, but also how you can best be prepared in case the unthinkable happens. Luckily, the Center for Disease Control has a website dedicated to educating you on the A-B-Cs of earthquake preparedness.

    Source: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/prepared.asp

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  • Handling a Hurricane

    New York was plunged into darkness, and millions went without power for days. High surf caused extreme flooding that washed away the homes and livelihoods of countless people living along the Jersey Shore. Even a mighty steel rollercoaster, a landmark of amusement that seemed so foreign to the devastation and power of the destruction was toppled into the sea. For millions of others, heavy rains, snow, and high winds interrupted lives and paused any sense of day-to-day normality.

    Hurricane Sandy was one of the most severe storms in recent memory, in part due to its landfall so far north. As the rest of the country watched the devastation unfold on their television screens every night, and then the cleanup efforts began in earnest when Sandy had finally blown herself out, a universal question was asked: What could have been done to prevent this? For preventing the disaster altogether, sadly the answer is nothing. Hurricanes are a force of nature, and for those unlucky enough to live in their path, it is simply a fact of life. However, when it comes to the damage and impact on a person’s life, there are many steps that can be taken to mitigate the consequences. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has put together a list of precautions to take and supplies to have on hand in the event of a hurricane. For anyone living in a zone at risk for these powerful storms, reading up on what you can do to prepare is a must.

  • Disaster Preparedness: Hurricanes

    With changing weather patterns bringing larger storms farther north than has been commonly experienced, hurricanes have become a bigger concern than ever for many. In the aftermath of recent Hurricane Sandy, disaster preparedness has become more relevant than ever before. If you live in a coastal region that is at risk for hurricanes, even if the risk is minor, it would be wise to read up on emergency preparedness and response tips. The Center for Disease Control offers a great guide on everything you need to know to be ready if the unthinkable happens.

    Source: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/supplies.asp

  • Disaster Preparedness: Tornadoes

    If you live in a region that experiences tornadoes, it is important to have an understanding of the danger they pose and the steps you can take to be prepared for them. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great website for getting the 4-1-1 on tornado warning signs, how to prepare, and what to do if the unthinkable happens and you find yourself caught in one.

    Source: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/prepared.asp

  • Winter Weather: Frostbite

    Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.

    Recognizing Frostbite

    At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:

    • a white or grayish-yellow skin area
    • skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
    • numbness

    Learn more about Hypothermia at the CDC

    See Winter Warmers

  • Special Needs and Tornadoes: A Joplin Story

    it has been almost two years since a devastating tornado ripped through the town of Joplin, Missouri, and the community continues to rebuild. Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to visit Joplin to learn more about The Independent Living Center -Joplin (TILC), one of seven programs chosen as a promising example of FEMA’s Whole Community Approach to emergency management. Learn More>>

  • Officials say preparedness has new meaning after 2012

    by Erin Beck STAFF WRITER, the Exponent Telegram

    CLARKSBURG — Emergency management officials in some of the counties hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy say that the storm, and the June derecho before it, have influenced local people to be better prepared for natural disasters.

    But they also stress that improvements could be made.

    Read the article at The Exponent Telegram

  • Department of Labor's Work Continues on Hurricane Sandy Recovery

     Secretary Solis tours a Sandy cleanup area.  Click on the picture for larger image.

    It's been almost two months since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and the department continues with its efforts to aid workers by providing grants, unemployment assistance and safety outreach. About $47 million in grants have been awarded to New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut to assist with the restoration of public lands, infrastructure, cleanup and recovery. The department has made more than $2 million in Disaster Unemployment Assistance available to individuals whose jobs were interrupted or lost as a direct result of Sandy. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has conducted more than 4,200 briefings and safety interventions, reaching almost 60,000 workers and employers performing recovery work in Sandy-impacted areas, and has coordinated the distribution of more than 30,000 pieces of personal protective equipment through seven organizations. In addition, the department is working with employers in the region to ensure they continue to meet their legal responsibilities, with regard to workers, as contracts are awarded.

    •  Learn About Personal Protective Equipment
    •  Read About Hurricane Recovery Assistance
    •  Learn How OSHA Is Keeping Sandy Workers Safe

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