Disaster Preparedness

June 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Hurricane season started June 1 and runs through November 30. 
Are you and your family prepared? 

There are many things you can do to protect your loved ones and property in the event of an emergency and the library has a wealth of resources on the subject of disaster preparedness.  While some of the information below is specific to hurricanes, much of it can be applied to a variety of disaster and recovery situations and is therefore good information to keep in mind.

Books available in our catalog:
The Homeowner’s Hurricane Handbook, by Bob Stearns.
A how-to guide for dealing with hurricanes before, during, and after. This resource will help you to better understand how, where and when these powerful storms form, how to protect yourself and your property, and how to deal with the repercussions of the storm.


Natural Disasters, by Claire Watts
Describes a wide range of natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanoes, landslides, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and epidemics.


Survival Mom : How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios, by Lisa Bedford.
Written by a mom for moms, this go-to manual includes charts, checklists, and even recipes.  Author Lisa Bedford provides information about food storage, water and sanitation, fuel and energy, medical preparedness, communication protocols and more.  Written with a “you can do it” attitude to promote being proactive in the face of uncertainty.

Disaster Preparedness Handbook : A Guide for Families, by Arthur T. Bradley.
This guide is written by an army veteran and NASA engineer to help you establish a practical disaster plan for your entire family.  Additional information is also presented for those with special needs, including the elderly and disabled, children, pregnant women, and even pets.


In addition to the books listed above, you can find information specific to your geographical area from both local and federal government agencies:

The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council‘s website includes county hurricane guides, evacuation maps and shelter lists.  Use this information to determine your zone, best escape routes and closest shelters.


Hillsborough County has a special Alert Center where you can sign up to receive important email or text alerts from the county about weather or emergency situations.  There are also options for receiving information from other county departments if you are interested (including the library)!

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hosts a preparedness site called Ready.gov.  This site has a special section dedicated to hurricanes and includes specific information for before, during and after a hurricane.  There are excellent resources for parents and educators as well, including an preparedness activity book for kids.

For more information about these and other FREE resources available @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit http://www.hcplc.org/.


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