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Blog 1: My Analysis of The Disaster Center

When I was doing my research to find a disaster preparedness website I kept getting sites that were trying to advertise a product, but they weren’t really concerned about what to do if a specific disaster were to occur. However, after a lot of dead ends I found the website for The Disaster Center which had everything and beyond what anyone needed to know about what to do if a crisis were to strike. What was even better was that they had separate pages for each common types of disasters and in those pages had an in depth analysis on what to do.  An example of this, and one of my favorite links on the site was a page on what a family should do in case a disaster strikes. The page includes tips on what to tell you children in the event a crisis, what to do with your pets, how to communicate and coordinate with your community, and finally how to evacuate if the threat calls for it. The site also offers four main tips on what to do as a family if a crisis were to occur: 1. Find out what could happen to your family, 2. Create a family disaster plan, 3. Complete  your checklists and 4.  Practice and maintain your families plan. I believe that any family that needs to know what to do in case of a disaster would have no problem following The Disaster Center’s easy step by step rules.

Much of the other pages like what to do if an earthquake, tornado, or winter storm (ect.) were to occur had similar step by step instructions, but there was one other page that stood out to me and that was how to construct a disaster kit. Since I am from a big city I am not used to what a disaster kit entails or that I even needed one! So, people like me can benefit from this page’s easy  instructions so that they are better prepared. The most important thing I got out of the disaster kit’s page was what I would need to make a basic everyday disaster kit. The list includes: a portable TV or radio, a flashlight, first aid kit, medication, money, personal ID, set of car keys, matches in a water proof container, signal flare, map of the area, and finally special needs artifacts. The fact that these simple household objects can help sustain a person during a disaster for up to two weeks is fascinating and it is unknown facts like these that The Disaster Center website has that can save a life.

I would recommend this site for anyone who has any question at all about how to be prepared in a disaster!

****Lists from http://www.disastercenter.com

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  1. September 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Good post and good discussion of the disaster site you found.

    Is there anything you didn’t like about The Disaster Center? Seems like there is a lot of text and links on the site and the design is sort of old school. Do you think this detracts from the effectiveness of the site?

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