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Emergency Preparedness and Hurricane Season 2009

June 1 marked the beginning of the 2009 hurricane season. For those of us living in the Gulf Coast region, little reminder is needed regarding the value of preparing for a potential hurricane before it actually poses a threat. However, preparing ahead of time for other emergency situations and potential disasters (including tornados, floods, extreme heat, and earthquakes) is a valuable practice no matter where you may reside. NN/LM SCR, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and other agencies offer many resources to help individuals, families, and communities stay safe and healthy.

Please see the following websites for more information on emergency preparedness:

NN/LM SCR Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery: http://nnlm.gov/scr/services/prepare.html

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response – Natural Disasters & Severe Weather:  http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/ (This site is available in Chinese, French, German, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.)

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response – Hurricanes:  http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/ (This site is available in Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, German, and Portuguese, and also contains videos in American Sign Language.)

CDC Hurricane Readiness: Emergency Supplies You Will Need: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/supplies.asp (This site is available in Spanish, French, and Vietnamese.)

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) – Public Health Emergency Preparedness: http://www.ahrq.gov/prep/

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