FCS9189 1. This document is FCS9189, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperative Ext ension Service, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611: First published: May 2003. Reviewed by Elizabeth Bolton, Ph.D., professor, D epartment of Family, Youth and Community Sciences. Please visit the EDIS Web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu 2. Linda B.Bobroff, Ph.D., profe ssor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611. Community Contacts: Responding to a Disaster1 Linda B. Bobroff2 When a disaster strikes, its important to have ready access to sources of help. Keep this list of agencies handy so that when you need help, you will know whom to call. If you have Internet access, look at the websites before you need help, and download information that will be helpful in an emergency. Keep it with your disaster preparation kit. Agency Type of Assistance Provided Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Helps you plan for and recover from any type of disaster. (202) 566-1600 for information http://www.fema.gov/ (800) 621-3362 use this only if your location has been declared a federal disaster area (have your Social S ecurity number handy) Helps or puts you in touch with those who can provide assistance with: Crisis counseling Food and water Fraud hotline: (800) 323-8603 Home inspection Legal advice Temporary housing Unemployment assistance American Red Cross: Authorized by Congress to provide disaster relief. (202) 303-4498 http://www.redcross.org/ Regional/Local number:___________________________ Access to community services Crisis counseling Find family members Food and water Health services, including blood Shelter Transportation Florida Power & Light (or your Electric Utility (have a recent Electric Bill handy) (800) 468-8243 Local number: _______________________ http://www.fpl.com/report/contents/power_outage.shtml Power outages Downed lines Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement: Coordinates domestic security through regional task forces. (850) 410-7233 http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/osi Regional task force number:_______________________ Report looting, other crimes Florida Division of Emergency Management Emergency Information Line: (800) 342-3557 Hazardous Materials: (800) 635-7179 http://www.floridadisaster.org/ Information about any emergency Report hazardous materials The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative ac tion employer authorized to provide resea rch, educational information and other services onl y to individuals and institutions that f unction without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Servic e office. Florida Cooperative Extension Serv ice/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences /University of Florida/Christine Taylor Waddil l, Dean.