A Comprehensive Guide to Preparing Safety Plans for Different Types of Disasters
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs takes disaster planning and response very seriously. This manual, comprised of three major sections, summarizes actions that Veterans and their families can take to effectively cope with a disaster. The sections are:
The section relating to Patient Facts Sheets provides easy-to-understand material concerning health conditions that can worsen during emergencies, common reactions to disasters, and coping strategies.
This illustrated reference emphasizes actions designed to prevent or reduce impact of natural or human-caused hazards. Information is also presented to assist those with access and functional needs, including children, people with disabilities, and older adults, as well as pets.
Additionally, this book contains tips, including numerous checklists, on ways to prepare for, and recover from, a disaster, such as:
Planning an evacuation route
Seeking temporary shelter
Assembling a First Aid Kit
Safely storing food and water for prolonged periods of time
Stockpiling emergency supplies, and more
The resource primarily addresses veterans' needs in preparations for disasters and recovery, but many of the checklists may apply to the general population, as well.