Emergency and Risk Management

Disaster Preparation Handbook; An Emergency Planning and Response Guide

This is the heart of the Disaster Education program.  It is a genuinely user-friendly reference guide for disaster preparedness and public health, which is thoughtfully designed to address the risks faced specifically by Washington State residents.  Instead of presenting topics in a start-to-finish, cover-to-cover format that few people might find the time to read, the 40-page booklet is designed so that each topic is a one- or two-page standalone lesson that can be utilized without having read any other part of the guide.  Additionally, the guide addresses the needs of a diverse population, including children and adults, businesses, special needs populations, and Spanish speakers (additional materials for speakers other than English and Spanish can be downloaded from the website.  Languages include Amharic, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese, Farsi, Ilocano, Korean, Laotian, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Somaly, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrigna, Ukranian, Vietnamese.)

Individual preparedness topics addressed in the guide (in order) include:

  • How To Use 911
  • Emergency Planning for Business
  • Preparing Your Family For Disasters
  • Disaster Tips for People With Visual Disabilities
  • Disaster Tips for the Hearing Impaired
  • Disaster Tips for People With Medical Needs
  • Disaster Tips for People With Mobility Disabilities
  • Helping Children After a Disaster
  • Preventing the Spread of Germs / Cover Your Cough
  • Terrorism
  • Shelter In Place
  • Bomb Threats
  • Chemical Warfare Agents
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Anthrax
  • Smallpox
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Preparing Your Household for Emergencies (also in Spanish)
  • Checklist of Disaster Emergency Supplies (also in Spanish)
  • Power Outages / Using a Generator During Power Outages
  • Turning Off the Utilities
  • How To Secure Your Water Heater
  • Purifying Household Water
  • Household Fires
  • Preparing For Winter Storms
  • Windstorms
  • Floods
  • Landslides and Mudflows
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Tsunamis
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