Friday, October 19, 2007

Where to Find Local Emergency Preparedness Info

Ok, so by now you probably know the importance of being prepared for a flu pandemic or other emergency. But do you know where to go to find information and resources in your state or hometown? Don't worry – we're here to help!

There are several good Web sites to point you in the right direction as you develop a preparedness plan for you and your family:

*Here on the Get Ready site, visit our resource section to find links to state-level resources and campaigns addressing pandemic flu.

*Ready America, a program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, offers a clickable map to find out whom to contact in your state for information on preparedness. On the site you'll also find information about Citizen Corps, a way to volunteer and get involved in preparing your community.

*Your state or local health department is also a great place to look for resources and information about preparedness. From the CDC site you can link directly to your state health department's website.

*Another good option is to visit the Red Cross Web site to find the contact information for your local Red Cross chapter.

*If you are interested in finding local disability-related emergency preparedness resources, check out the interactive map on the National Organization on Disability Web site.

These sites will connect you to the information you need to find out what kind of disasters could happen where you live and what resources are available in your community to help you prepare for any emergency.

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