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Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages: Downloads

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Guide Sections

Cover Update (xx/2006)
Table of Contents

Chemical emergencies
Disaster supplies kit
Evacuation, sheltering and post-disaster safety
Family disaster plan
Fires, residential
Fires, wildland
Floods and flash floods
Hazardous material incidents
Heat wave
Hurricanes and tropical storms
Landslides and debris flows
Nuclear power plan incidents
Winter Storms

Guide Appendix

Smoke alarms
Carbon monoxide alarms
Fire extinguishers
Home fire sprinkler systems
Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs)
Portable generators
Tips for preparing your disaster supplies kit
Emergency supplies for your vehicle
Food and water to stock at home and in your disaster supplies kit
Storing water
Drinking water safety
Keeping refrigerated food safe if the power goes out
Food and water exposed to floodwater, fire and chemicals
Emergency sanitation
First aid kit
First aid kit for pets
Recognizing heat exhaustion and heatstroke
Recognizing frostbite and hypothermia
What to do if evacuation is necessary
What to do where there is flooding
“Wind safe” room
How to shelter-in place during a chemical incident
Factors for protection from radioactive fallout

Guide Index