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Safety and Preparedness

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Publications & Multimedia

National Preparedness Report
Department of Homeland Security, Annual

Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources
Office for Victims of Crime, August 2015

National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education: Empowering, Educating and Building Resilience
Federal Emergency Management Agency, April 2015

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do
National Institute of Mental Health, 2015

Preparedness in America: Research Insights to Increase Individual, Organization, and Community Action
Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2014

Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information to Get Ready
Federal Emergency Management Agency, January 2014

Family Communication Plan for Kids
Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2013

Family Communication Plan for Parents
Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2013

Personal Preparedness in America: Findings from 2012 FEMA National Survey
Federal Emergency Management Agency, July 2013

Is Your Tribe Ready: Prepare for Emergencies In Tribal Nations
Federal Emergency Management Agency, July 2011

Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities
U.S. Department of Education, January 2007

Food and Water in an Emergency (English)
Agua y alimentos en una emergencia (Español)

Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2004
Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias, Agosto 2004

Helping Children Cope with Disaster (English)
Cómo ayudar a los niños a confrontar una catástrofe (Español)

Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2004
Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias, Agosto 2004

Preparing for Disaster (English)
Preparación para casos de desastre (Español)

Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2004
Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias, Agosto 2004

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs (English)
Preparación para casos de desastre para personas con discapacidad y otras necesidades especiales (Español)

Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2004
Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias, Agosto 2004

Citizen Corps
Bureau of Justice Assistance, June 2004

OVC Handbook for Coping after Terrorism: A Guide for Healing and Recovery
Office for Victims of Crime, September 2001

Related Resources

Campus Safety Special Feature
This NCJRS resource provides links to publications and related websites that focus on crime and safety at campuses of higher education.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Emergency Preparedness and Response
This section of the CDC site is intended to help increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.

Citizen Corps
Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities that make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to emergency situations.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
CERT educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using their training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and can take a more active role in preparing their community.

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
CNCS is a federal agency that helps Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service, tackling some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.

Disaster Assistance
DisasterAssistance.gov provides information on how to get help from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster, including biological, chemical, and other terror events.

Military Family Preparedness
This resource provides information for military personnel and their families on how to prepare for and respond to disasters.

National Neighborhood Watch Program
Neighborhood Watch was created to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in a massive effort to reduce residential crime.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP)
Through AEAP, OVC offers funding streams to provide timely relief for immediate and ongoing victim assistance services in the form of grants to qualifying applicants impacted by terrorism/criminal mass violence incidents.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Help for Crime Victims – Domestic Terrorism and Mass Violence
This section of the OVC site provides information about crisis counseling services, crime victim compensation, and additional information and resources for victims of mass violence incidents.

One of the primary mandates of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is to educate the public, using tools such as Ready.Gov, about how to be prepared in case of a national emergency - including a possible terrorist attack. Ready.gov also provides useful resources in multiple languages including: Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Ready Business
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this website outlines common sense measures business owners and managers can take after a disaster. It provides practical steps and easy-to-use templates to help plan for a company's future. It also provides useful links to resources providing more detailed business continuity and disaster preparedness information.

Ready Kids (English), Listo Ninos (Español)
Ready Kids is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready campaign and is designed to help parents and teachers educate children about emergencies and how they can help get their family prepared. The Ready Kids website features age-appropriate, step-by-step instructions on what families can do to be better prepared and the role kids can play in this effort. A Spanish version of the site is also available.

U.S. Department of Education: Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)
Through REMS, schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education, along with their community partners, are supported in the development of high-quality emergency operations plans and comprehensive emergency management planning efforts.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Public Health Emergencies
This website provides information broken down by categories relating to terrorism and other forms of disasters.