FCS9190 1. This document is FCS9190, 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. Re viewed: May 2003. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Bolton Ph.D., professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Scien ces, Gainesville, FL 32611. Please visit the EDIS Web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu 2. Linda B. Bobroff, Ph.D., associate profe ssor, Department of Family, Youth and Commun ity Sciences, University of Florida, Gai nesville FL 32611. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative ac tion employer authorized to provide resea rch, Community Contacts: Being Prepared for a Disaster1 Linda B.Bobroff2 Community Contacts: Being Prepared for a Disaster When a disaster strikes, its too late to get ready. Its important to prepare for a disaster before an emergency occurs. Along with the information provided in this series, the agencies listed can help you be well prepared to handle just about any emergency. The time to get ready is NOW, so call the agencies for information or, if you have Internet access, look at the websites and print out what you need. Put together your disaster kit and your disaster plan BEFORE you need it. NATIONWIDE RESOURCES Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Helps you plan for and recover from any type of disaster. (202) 566-1600 Http://www.fema.gov American Red Cross: Provides information on planning for disasters, as well as providing assistance afte r a disaster occurs. (202) 303-4498 Local number: Http://www.redcross.org READY.GOV: Website set up by U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to help people plan for emergencies related to terrorism. Http://www.ready.gov FLORIDA RESOURCES Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement: Coordinates domestic security through regional task forces. (850) 410-7233 Http://fdle.state.fl.us/osi/ Florida Division of Emergency Management: Provides a wealth of information to help you prepare for any emergency. Find out about Community emergency Response Teams. (850) 413-9969 Http://www.floridadisaster.org/ MyFlorida Website: Links to information about preparing for all types of disasters, preventing disasters, critical contacts, and current news. Http://myflorida.com/portal/Floridian Florida Citizen Corps: State partner of USA Freedom Corps. Organizes volunteers who help build safer, more resilient communities. (850) 413-9957 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Http://www.floridadisaster.org/director_off ice/citizen_corps/ 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.