The Department of Homeland Security's www.ready.gov Web site has a series of links that provide information for children as well as adults about what to do when a disaster approaches. The Web site encourages readers to get a kit (of emergency supplies), make a plan (for what you will do in an emergency) and be informed (of what might happen).
FEMA's online products range from simple steps a family should take in advance of a storm to a list of specific items to include in an emergency "go-kit." These online products are available at www.fema.gov. Among other things, the site defines hurricanes, explains their categories, lists hurricane names and outlines what to do before, during and after a tornado or hurricane.
The following is a list of additional online FEMA topics and products, along with the file sizes, to assist residents in protecting property from high winds and flooding. These files are available at www.fema.gov.
Protect Your Property from High Winds
- Maintain Exterior Insulation Finishing System Walls (PDF 114 KB)
- Protect Windows and Doors (PDF 77 KB)
- Install Shutters or Plywood Window Covers (PDF 72 KB)
- Reinforce Double Entry Doors (PDF 53 KB)
- Reinforce or Replace Garage Doors (PDF 64 KB)
- Remove Trees and Potential Windborne Missiles (PDF 71 KB)
- Secure Metal Siding and Metal Roofs (PDF 96 KB)
- Secure Built-Up and Single-Ply Roofs (PDF 72 KB)
- Secure Composition Shingle Roofs (PDF 102 KB)
- Brace Gable End Roof Framing (PDF 72 KB)
Protect Your Property from Flooding
- Build With Flood-Resistant Materials (PDF 87 KB)
- Dry Floodproof Your Building (PDF 56 KB)
- Add Waterproof Veneer to Exterior Walls (PDF 75 KB)
- Raise Electrical System Components (PDF 65 KB)
- Anchor Fuel Tanks (PDF 68 KB)
- Raise or Floodproof HVAC Equipment (PDF 60 KB)
- Install Sewer Backflow Valves (PDF 75 KB)
- Protect Wells From Contamination by Flooding (PDF 94 KB)