||Dr. Linda Lawrence, emergency physician and chief of medical staff at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base in California
There are numerous family disasters that can occur, but many ways to prepare for them are similar. ACEP recommends that families first identify what types of disasters are common in their region. This information can be obtained from local emergency management offices or American Red Cross chapters. Next, ACEP recommends developing a family disaster-preparedness plan that deals with each type of possible situation.
Some information from this section was extracted from the Family Readiness Kit, developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross, and from the U.S. Government’s Homeland Security Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more detailed information about preparing for disasters, visit the FEMA website at www.fema.gov/hazard/index.shtm.