Connecting after Disasters
After a disaster, family and friends often get separated. Get everyone to plan for reuniting through one of these methods:
- The American Red Cross has a "Safe and Well" website and app. It helps you find others, or tell others you are safe.
- FEMA also has a website that lists the Safe and Well and some other important contacts about finding loved ones.
- Children need extra help during these times. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has resources to help. And check your school for their disaster plan.
Social media platforms, such as Facebook and Google, also have "people finder" apps, which are activated during emergencies.
BEST IDEA -- Make a family plan on how you will reconnect after you are separated.
Lessons Learned from recent events:
FLOODING: Dangers of flood waters. Never drive or walk into flooded streets or streams.
FIRES: Sonoma Fires: Communication is key. Know your evacuation routes from your home. Link into every emergency notification system in your area and urge your city to ensure notices are sent immediately. Don't wait, plan now.
PANDEMICS: Some great advise on staying healthy this season. Staying well is important to you, your family and your work and school environments.
- Wonder what would happen if the "BIG ONE" struck? Watch this video of a simulated 7.8 earthquake, directed by Theo Alexopoulos, 2008.
- Earthquakes around the world--See what 2011 looked like in other parts of the world. In Japanese, but LOOK at the video! What happened on March 11?
WANT A CAREER IN HELPING OTHERS?
The Red Cross is an internationally recognized relief agency. Here is the International Red Cross in Haiti, as seen in the 2010 earthquake. 8 minutes long and worth every minute -- great video to show students who want to work for relief agencies, too.
GAS PIPELINE INFORMATION
The Gas Company website has some important information regarding Gas Pipeline Safety. Look under "Stay Safe." Their site also contains gas safety tips and emergency information for consumers.
HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION
The Department of Homeland Security has developed a National Terrorism Advisory System to effectively communicate information about terrorist threats.
Click HERE to go to their site that lists the current national threat level. Here are some tips for your response to these levels at CSUF.
I AM A DISASTER SERVICE WORKER! And so are YOU!
Watch this video to learn what it means to be a Disaster Service Worker (ALL state employees are!) and what you may be called upon to do during a disaster.
This site has been updated with lots of information to help us prepare for any disaster. There is still much to be completed, but if you don't see something you need, please contact the Emergency Management Coordinator. Thanks!