Manor Lake Civic Association

Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness

These are resources that you can use to help prepare your community to prevent and fully recover from disasters.

Citizen Corps: The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.

Public Entity Risk Institute: Tools, publications and resources for risk management, including a new publication, "Holistic Disaster Recovery: Ideas for Building Local Sustainability After a Natural Disaster," that is recommended for community use following a disaster.

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes: FLASH, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting disaster safety and property loss mitigation.
FLASH’s mission is to promote life safety, property protection and economic well-being by strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters.

Economic Development Administration: EDA helps distressed communities address problems associated with long-term economic distress, as well as sudden and severe economic dislocations including recovering from the economic impacts of natural disasters.

Caring for Pets in Disasters:  For animals, the expectations for survival following a disaster are dependent upon the
actions of people who take responsibility for including them in personal public and private disaster plans. The Human Society offers some excellent tips.

FEMA Training: FEMA provides education programs, courses, and materials to support emergency preparedness training for families, kids, and teacher resources.

Department of Homeland Security — Preparedness and Response: This is a great resource to connect communities with resources from all levels of government

Ready.Gov: Resources for citizens from the Department of Homeland Security on how to prepare for national emergencies, including terrorist attacks. Detailed information on cyber-security provided.

Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina — Lessons Learned: This federal review has identified 125 recommendations in 17 general categories for improving the Federal government's capability to respond to a catastrophic event.

Resources for Immediate Disaster Mitigation 
As members of the community development field we are highly likely to be involved in some capacity in the event a disaster occurs. The following are resources to help communities through the immediate stages following a disaster.

FEMA Assistance: Basic information about disaster assistance programs.

Pandemic Flu: US government and pandemic flu informtaion provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Click on Community Planning for a checklist on preparedness for community-based organizations.

HUD: Disaster Resources: HUD provides a variety of disaster resources, including mortgage, insurance and community development and housing assistance.

American Red Cross: Materials available for community disaster preparation and education efforts.

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster: Contact information for voluntary organizations active in disaster assistance for each state, where state contacts will be able to make local referrals. There is also information about the types of assistance member organizations provide.

Small Business Administration: Information about disaster assistance loans for homeowners, renters and businesses.

Posted by Tom Austin on 04/16/2011
Montgomery County, Maryland 20853

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