September 03

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Get Ready: It’s National Preparedness Month

Are You Ready ?

There’s no such thing as being too prepared. No matter where you live, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and other forces of nature strike often. Will you and your family be ready when disaster strikes?

Prepare for whatever comes your way with these five tools in honor of National Preparedness Month.

Be Red Cross Ready  

This interactive module from the American Red Cross is informational and fun, and teaches kids and adults how to be ready for any kind of disaster. It guides viewers through the steps of making a preparedness kit and an emergency plan, and how to respond when you experience an emergency situation.

Google Crisis Map 

If you’re wondering what’s going on around the nation, check out Google’s Crisis Map, which shows real-time disasters and crisis warnings. With filters for wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, and more, the map gives detailed information about current hazards in the United States.

Prepare For Emergencies Through Crowdsourcing 

Use the power of big data and crowdsourcing to tackle floods, hurricanes, and wildfires as they come. In this post on TechCrunch, Julian Chokkattu introduces a few apps and tools that utilize government data and user input to offer information during a disaster.

Emergency Preparedness and Response 

The LDS Church’s website has tips on how to safely store food (for up to thirty years!), build up a financial reserve, and help others during times of emergency.

Ready.gov for Kids

Help your kids be disaster savvy. The federal government’s emergency preparedness site has a kid’s section full of games, instructions, and activities to engage the little ones.

For more help on making a ship-shape emergency plan, read Around the Cooler in the Summer 2014 issue of Marriott Alumni Magazine. You’ll find steps on ensuring you can weather out any storm whether you’re at home or at work.