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FEMA Publications Can Help You Get Ready

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June 15, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Got info?

Federal Emergency Management Agency publications can provide information on how to clean up after a tornado or flood and how to get a family, home or business ready for the next emergency.

Over the last six weeks, FEMA Mitigation specialists have provided in-person help and supplied publications and handouts to visitors in 22 disaster recovery center locations and to shoppers stopping at special displays in 23 home improvement stores. More than 32,000 publications were distributed.

“Disasters affect everyone and everything,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch.  “We’re in hurricane season now through November and there’s always a chance North Carolina will feel the impact of wind and water.”
While FEMA’s community outreach program to help North Carolinians recover from the April 16 storms and tornadoes is now over, helpful publications are still available online and free by mail.

FEMA publications are available at and where you can search by keyword, hazard type, resource type, language, and other criteria. A good place to start is

Even easier is a toll-free phone call to the FEMA Publications distribution center at 800-480-2520.  Phone lines are staffed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Your order is free and will be sent as media mail through the U.S. Postal Service in four to six weeks.  If you need it sooner, you can pay to have it shipped via UPS.

“There is power in preparedness and these resources can give you the tools to be safe,” said N.C. Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell. “While you can’t predict how much damage your property will sustain from a natural disaster, you can take steps to keep your family and home safer.”

Popular publications include:

Are You Ready?
An in-depth guide to citizen preparedness for all hazards. It is a reference and a step-by-step manual on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans.  You’ll learn how to assemble a disaster supplies kit.
FEMA Publication Number IS-22.

Helping Children Cope with Disaster
This guide provides information on how to prepare children prior to disaster and how to lessen the emotional effects of disaster.
FEMA Publication Number 478

Animals in Emergencies   
This FEMA Kit includes two DVDs that address what planners, public officials, and pet owners need to consider when planning for emergency animal and pet evacuation, transportation, and sheltering. The "What Owners Need to Know," DVD focuses on the planning tools for pet owners.
FEMA Publication Number K-673

Taking Shelter from the Storm, Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business
This brochure describes briefly how having a safe room built for your home or small business can help provide “near-absolute protection” for you and your family or employees from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme-winds such as tornadoes and hurricanes.
FEMA Publication Number 320

Survival in a Hurricane Wallet Card
This wallet-sized card is meant as a pocket guide to hurricane safety. Includes important facts to know in the event of a storm watch or warning.
FEMA Publication Number L-232

General Preparedness Resources for Kids
Disaster Preparedness Activity Book (Ages 8-11) FEMA Publication Number 523
Disaster Preparedness Activity (Ages 4-7)

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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