Saturday, January 31, 2009

Disaster Preparedness

Thurston County Emergency Management, in Thurston County, Washington has put together an impressive list: An Internet Library of Emergency Management and Preparedness. I came across it while looking for information about volcano preparedness, they had the link I was looking for and much more . . . in short, an impressive array of disaster and emergency preparedness links.

While a fair amount of the links provided by Thurston County are specific to Washington state, the majority are useful to any one of us who desire information regarding preparation for disasters related to flooding, terrorism, biological hazards, earthquakes, and more. Certainly we could plow through Google to find the same links, but they've done it concisely with an-easy-to-read format.

Perhaps most impressive is Thurston County's inclusion of disaster preparedness checklists in 17 foreign languages. I can't resist providing you with a handful of these unusual links directly:

Korean
Spanish
Arabic
Tagalog
Romanian
Chinese
Russian

I also appreciate their inclusion of specific links related to disaster preparation for individuals with disabilities and "specific needs":

Disaster Preparedness for Visual Disabilities
Disaster Preparedness for the Hearing Impaired
Disaster Preparedness for Medical Needs
Disaster Preparedness for Mobility Disabilities

Check out Thurston County's site for more links to useful disaster preparedness publications and information.

2 comments:

Susie Collins said...

Aloha! Thanks for the wealth of info on your blog. You've done some interesting work in the area of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, which I've shared with my readers in past posts.

Here's a good disaster preparedness list for people with chemical sensitivities.

http://www.preparenow.org/eqtenvil.html

Keep up the good work!

Carolyn Cooper, MPH, RN said...

Susie--Thank you for your kind words and especially for that link. I will feature that link as a separate blog entry in the near future.