September is National Preparedness Month, a time to review how we are prepared to handle different types of emergencies. While these preparations should take place throughout the year, there is no better time to review or create your plans in case of an emergency.
We are in the midst of hurricane season, but that is not the only emergency to be prepared for. Emergencies can be weather related, structure related, human related or health related. Things to consider when preparing for emergencies include:
- Evacuation Plans
- Pet Plans
- Evacuation Kits / “Go Bag”
- Communication Strategies
Fordham University has its own Emergency Information page that highlights the procedures for a number of different emergency situations.
The city opens shelters for a number of different situations including power outages and weather emergencies or conditions, such as hurricanes and heat. These shelters are highlighted on an interactive map that also outlines which shelters are accessible.
One of the helpful apps they have created is “Notify NYC.” This app keeps you updated on both emergency alerts and information regarding city services.
Another app is “Ready NYC” which helps you put together an emergency plan.
The Fordham University Libraries has a number of books highlighting disaster planning and preparedness that are available as electronic resources.
Check out the above books and more!:
- Catastrophic disaster planning and response [electronic resource]
- The McGraw-Hill homeland security handbook [electronic resource] : strategic guidance for a coordinated approach to effective security and emergency management
- Preparedness 101 [electronic resource] : zombie pandemic
- Tornado safety [electronic resource] : for you and your family
- How to prepare for a tornado [electronic resource]
For more resources and information check out the Emergency Preparedness Research Guide.