72hours - San Francisco is exposed to a wide variety of hazards, both natural and man-made. Earthquakes,
fires, severe storms, power outages, and acts of terrorism are just some of the potential emergencies we may encounter. Are you prepared?
Red Cross: Tools and Resources - This disaster and safety library assists you in preparing your home, school and workplace in the event of a disaster or emergency. Here you will find fact sheets, preparedness checklists, recovery guides and other helpful information to keep you informed and safe.
Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) - BARDA develops and procures
needed medical countermeasures (MCMs), including vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and non-pharmaceutical countermeasures, against a broad
array of public health threats, whether natural or intentional in origin. On October 4, 2011, BARDA issued the BARDA
Strategic Plan 2011-2016, which articulates the guiding principles, goals, and strategies it will implement to enhance the capability of
the U.S. government to develop MCMs to these and other natural and intentional threats to public health.
CDC: Emergency Response Resources - This page provides information
to help protect emergency responders in the event of a terrorist attacks and offers access to information on other important elements of a terrorism
response such as safeguarding building ventilation, bloodborne infectious disease, chemical hazards and anthrax.
Disaster Recovery Cost Guides - From HomeAdvisor. Disasters fall into two categories: natural (floods, hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes) and man-made (hazardous material spills, infrastructure failure, or bio-terrorism). Preparing for the latter is difficult and sometimes cannot be prevented. With natural disasters though, you can take steps to deal with the situation should it arise. Disaster recovery services will include repairs to your home after a fire, storm damage, an earthquake, or water damage.
Downdetector - Provides a realtime overview of status information and outages for all kinds of services. We aim to track any service that its users consider vital to their everyday lives, including (but not limited to) internet providers, mobile providers, airlines, public transport and online services.
Home Emergency & Disaster Safety - A key part of disaster safety is having a sufficient amount of supplies, as well as an emergency kit. By creating this kit and packing it ahead of time, emergency preparation becomes much easier and quicker when a natural disaster is announced. It is equally important to have a predetermined action plan so that each person in the house knows exactly what to do when a disaster strikes. Without a proper action plan, people often tend to first panic, and then act illogically, which may put them directly in the path of danger.
Induced Earthquake Database - Induced seismicity refers to seismic events (usually earthquakes) caused partially or completely by human (anthropogenic) activities.
Lutheran World Federation - Specializing in emergency relief linked to disaster preparedness (risk management) and sustainable development.
NationalCPRFoundation - CPR certification and courses online. Learn how to properly perform CPR on infants, children and adults as well as how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). You'll also learn first-aid to care for wounds, cuts and scrapes as well as, drug overdoses, electroshock's, strokes, heart attacks and more.
Natural Disasters and Severe Weather - Preparedness information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: earthquake, tornado, tsunami, hurricane, heat, flood, wildfire, fire, cold, winter, weather, volcano, disaster, power outage.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - Devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. Delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering its mission. Also Codes and Standards page.
Red Cross Disaster and Safety Library - Fact sheets, preparedness checklists, recovery guides and other helpful information to keep you informed and safe in the event of a disaster or emergency. Also see;
SaferSmarter - A national coalition that is made up of a diverse chorus of voices united in favor
of environmentally-responsible, fiscally-sound approaches to natural catastrophe policy that promotes public safety. Coalition members strongly support
reform of the National Flood Insurance Program. The program must be based on accurate maps, must charge risk-based rates, and must focus on
mitigation. These steps will ensure the program can continue to function, will protect people from flooding, and will protect taxpayers. The
coalition supports a move toward risk-based, actuarial pricing for insurance which not only supports fiscally sustainable policies but helps those
most at risk bear the costs and understand the real risk. Coalition members also strongly support measures that would encourage and assist homeowners
in taking mitigation steps to protect their homes against natural disasters. These include incentives like a hurricane mitigation tax credit
and a new loan program that would provide low-interest loans to homeowners undertaking risk mitigation.
Standby Task Force (SBTF) - A volunteer-based network that represents the first wave in online
community emergency response teams.
Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) - CDC's Strategic National Stockpile has
large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency (terrorist attack, flu outbreak,
earthquake) severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. Once Federal and local authorities agree that the SNS is needed, medicines
will be delivered to any state in the U.S. in time for them to be effective. Each state has plans to receive and distribute SNS medicine and medical
supplies to local communities as quickly as possible.
VoIP and 911 Service - Access to 911 and emergency services
is an issue that affects us at all levels - national, state, and local. Therefore, the FCC and the National Association of Regulatory
Utility Commissioners ("NARUC") formed the Joint Federal/State VoIP Enhanced 911 Enforcement Task Force to facilitate compliance with
and enforcement of the FCC's VoIP 911 rules.
Water Damage Defense - Surce for water damage prevention equipment: water leak detection and water shut off valve systems, water powered sump pumps, battery backup sump pumps, primary sump pumps, water barrier systems, and modern sandbag alternatives.
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