Virginia has experienced numerous disasters, from localized flooding
to widespread damage, and from hurricanes and tropical storms to the
terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Understanding the types of hazards
that threaten Virginia and preparing for them ahead of time will ensure
that when the next disaster strikes, the citizens of the Commonwealth
will be ready.
Ready Virginia is a
statewide public education effort to prepare Virginians for all
hazards, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
Ready Virginia encourages Virginians to do three things to prepare for emergencies:
The Ready Virginia Web site is a central, authoritative resource for preparedness information for all Virginians.
Ready.gov is a Department of Homeland Security website that focuses on
disaster preparedness. It includes step by step instructions on what
you need to be ready in an emergency. It offers this information from
three perspectives; Ready America, Ready Business, and Ready Kids.
FEMA for Kids www.fema.gov/kids/
This is a fun interactive site where kids can learn about disaster preparedness and related topics at their level.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) www.vaemergency.com/
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has a plethora of
resources and links for both the Local Emergency Manager as well as the
private Citizen interested in disaster preparedness.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) www.fema.gov/
FEMA has a wide variety of information that can be helpful in planning for an emergency on their website
American Red Cross "Disaster Services" www.redcross.org/services/disaster/
This page is another valuable resource for disaster related information
including materials in foreign languages, and frequently asked
questions of the Red Cross.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) www.dhs.gov/
This is the place to go for terrorism and security related information.
Some of its offerings include traveling tips and information, and the
national threat advisory level.
National weather Service www.weather.gov/
The National Weather Service offers not only local forecasts, but an
impressive array of other weather related tools and information,
including satellite and radar imagery.
National Incident Management System (NIMS) Integration Center www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/
This website will give you all you need to know about NIMS and its implementation.