MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Useful Web sites are available to help people prepare for disasters. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency's Web site is at www.ema.alabama.gov.
In addition, free publications can be downloaded from the FEMA Web site, www.fema.gov, or ordered toll-free at 800-480-2520.
To search for FEMA publications on their Web site, scroll to Forms and Publications under Quick Links at the left-hand column. Once at that link, in the Advanced Search space at the top right of the page, type names of publications or words such as hurricane preparedness, managing stress, disaster kits, building using wind resistant technology or children's publications. Many of the publications are available in Spanish and other languages.
A few of the publications on hurricane preparedness and protection include:
- Are You Ready? (IS 22). This is FEMA's most comprehensive source on all-hazards preparedness.
- Against the Wind: Protecting Your Home from Hurricane and Wind Damage (FEMA 247).
- Safety tips for Hurricanes (L 105). A publication for teachers and parents to present to children.
- Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect Your House from Flooding (#312).
- Coastal Construction Manual: Principles And Practices Of Planning, Siting, Designing, Constructing, And Maintaining Residential Buildings In Coastal Areas (FEMA 55).
- Step-by-step booklet series:
- Preparing for Disaster (FEMA 475)
- Helping Children Cope with Disaster (FEMA 478)
- Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book (FEMA 243E)
- Food and Water in an Emergency (FEMA 477)
- Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs FEMA 476)
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.