Planning for Hurricanes, Disasters and Other Emergencies

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Disaster preparation guides
Local resources
Weather/hurricane trackers
More info on hurricanes
Books

You may also find various additional resources for use in disaster planning at the library.

Disaster Preparation Guides

National Hurricane Center: Hurricane Preparedness
How to prepare yourself and your family for a storm, commonly used hurricane-related terms, and an explanation of how scientists predict hurricanes and their behavior.

Ready.gov (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Covers a wide range of emergencies, including natural disasters, health epidemics and terrorist attacks, and how private individuals and businesses can prepare for them.

Emergency Preparedness and Response (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Resources from the CDC on planning for public health emergencies and other emergency situations. Information available in 12 different languages.

Emergency-Specific Preparedness Information (Red Cross)
The American Red Cross provides numerous checklists in several languages on safety, emergency preparation and post-disaster recovery.

Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods (USDA)
Learn from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration what sort of measures you should take before and during emergency situations like power outages and flooding.

Texas Prepares website
The website takes you step by step through getting ready for a hurricane, offers a "Building Your Disaster Supply Kit List" you can print out (along with other preparedness forms) and has short YouTube videos on preparing for different disasters, including Surviving Disaster - How Texas Prepares/

Emergency Supply Kit List
The Office of Emergency Management of Galveston County provides a list of items that you should keep on hand at all times in case of emergency.

Local resources

If you have a disability or do not have access to transportation to evacuate in the event of a storm or natural disaster, you can register with Galveston County by calling 2-1-1.

City of Texas City Emergency Management
Derek Duckett
Emergency Manager
(409) 643-5880
Advice on hurricane preparedness, explanation of the city's emergency sirens and emergency classification levels. Register with the city's emergency notification system for updates on emergency situations by phone or email.

Hurricane Guide (Galveston.com)
The Official Guide to Galveston Island Hurricane Preparation includes general hurricane facts, hurricane tracking charts, preparedness and tips for tourists.

Galveston County Office of Emergency Management
(281) 309-5002 main number
(888) 384-2000 toll-free / 24-hours
Here you'll find the latest information on current conditions, preparedness tips and an online sign-up for emergency notifications.

Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris and Matagorda County Evacuation Map
This map, created by the Houston-Galveston Area Council, includes a breakdown by zip code and evacuation routes. It expires December 2013.

Weather/hurricane trackers

The North Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 every year.

National Hurricane Center

Weather.com Hurricane Tracker

National Weather Service: Houston/Galveston

Accuweather.com Hurricane Center

National Weather Service Marine Forecasts

More info on hurricanes

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale (National Hurricane Center)
Explanation of the scale used to rate the strength of hurricanes.

Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names (National Hurricane Center)
List of projected storm names for this and next few upcoming years.

Hurricane History (National Hurricane Center)
Notable hurricanes from throughout the last century.

Books

The Disaster Survival Bible
By Junius Podrug / 613.69 PODRUG

When Disaster Strikes: A comprehensive guide to emergency planning and crisis survival
By Matthew R. Stein / 363.348068 STEIN

Disaster Planning
By Janel Morris / 363.34 DISASTER

The Everything Spanish Phrase Book for Health Care Professionals: A quick reference for medical and emergency situations
By Saskia Gorospe Rombouts / 468.3421 ROMBOUTS

Just In Case: How to be self-sufficient when the unexpected happens
By Kathy Harrison / 613.6 HARRISON

Safe: The responsible American's guide to home and family security
By Wayne R. Lapierre / 613.6 LAPIERRE

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Disaster Preparedness
By Maurice Ramirez / 613.69 RAMIREZ

The Homeowner's Hurricane Book
By Bob Stearns / 613.69 STEARNS

Rescued: Saving animals from disaster; life-changing stories and practical suggestions
By Allen and Linda Anderson / 636.083 ANDERSON

Protecting Your Business: Disaster preparation and the law
By Margaret C. Jasper / 658.477 JASPER