In Case of Emergency, Read This Blog

In Case Of Emergency, Read Blog

A Citizen’s Eye View of Public Preparedness

Preparedness Resources



Official Citizen Preparedness Websites

National — U.S. Department of Homeland Security — U.S. Federal Emergency Management Administration — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — U.S. Centers of Disease Control,1082,0_500_,00.html — American Red Cross

Local/State — New York State Aware/Prepare – New York City Office of Emergency Management — Red Cross of Greater New York — Minnesota Department of Health — City of San Francisco — Colorado Department of Health — District of Columbia

Special Needs Populations Preparedness Websites –National Organization For The Disabled’s Emergency Preparedness Initiative — Ready.Gov Seniors — Humane Society’s Disaster Preparedness For Pets — ASPCA Animal Disaster Preparedness — National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities

Preparedness Reports/Guides Preparedness and Response to Chemical, Radiological, Nuclear, and Biological Terrorist Attacks (Lynn Davis, et al., Rand Corporation) — Report of the 7 July Review Committee, London Assembly Disaster Handbook, University of Florida IFAS Extension

Other Preparedness Websites — Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington Univ. — University of Pittsburgh Center for Biosecurity — Redefining Readiness/New York Academy of Medicine — Crisis Commons — CrisisWiki– Council of Excellence in Government, “What’s Your RQ (Readiness Quotient)?” — Emergency Disaster Information Services Alert Map — Wireless Foundation VITA Advisories (wireless phone emergency tips) — Flu Wiki — Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD)

Crisis Infomatics Articles — University of Colorado Crisis Infomatics

Homeland Security/Preparedness Media — Homeland Security Inside & Out — Ready Radio

Books On Preparedness

theunthinkable.comThe Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes And Why – Amanda Ripley (Crown) –  Our Own Worst Enemy — Randall Larsen (Grand Central)

clairerubin.comEmergency Management: The American Experience, 1900-2005 (Peri) – Claire Rubin Crush The Cell: How To Defeat Terrorism Without Terrorizing Ourselves — Michael Sheehan (Crown)

Articles On Citizen Preparedness — “America The Resilient: Defying Terrorism and Mitigating Natural Disasters” – Stephen Flynn, Foreign Affairs (April/March 2008) — “Civic Security: Why FDR’s Bottom-Up Brand of Civic Defense Should Inspire Progressive Plans for Homeland Security”, Matthew Dallek, Democracy (Winter 2008)

Some Of My Journalistic Work On Homeland Security/Preparedness – Firefighting, Media & The Lessons of 9/11 (11/3/01) NPR Or Not? Why Is The Government Soft Pedaling Civil Defense (5/2/03) NPR – Fear & Fallout : Why The Government & Media Aren’t Defusing The Dirty Bomb Scare (7/26/03) NPR Falls Short (8/21/03) USA Today – City Must Prepare For Next 9/11 (9/10/03) New York Daily News – Too Radioactive? Why Media Isn’t Covering ‘Dirty Bombs’ (1/10/04) NPR – Prepare For Terrorism (2/4/04) USA Today Ready For The Next Attack (3/18/04) Washington Post Freakout (7/3/04) NPR – Le Freakout 2 (7/10/04) NPR – Maybe We Should Bring Back The Draft (6/11/04) Metro New York – National Sacrifice Requires More Than Symbolic Ribbons (12/8/04) USA Today – It’s an Emergency. We’re Not Prepared (05/18/08) Washington Post