Emergency Preparedness / Disaster Recovery

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

FEMA - Are You Ready - An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
This site is the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness.

SF72.org - Are you prepared?
This site provides information on how to prepare for earthquakes, fires, severe storms, power outages, and acts of terrorism in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Vietnamese.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Get Ready Now
This site explains how to prepare for an emergency.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Emergency preparedness for seniors
This site offers emergency preparedness advice especially for seniors.
En Español

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Emergency preparedness for disabled/special needs individuals
This site offers emergency preparedness advice for disabled and special needs individuals.
En Español

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Emergency preparedness for pet owners
This site offers emergency preparedness information for pet owners.
En Español

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Emergency preparedness supply list
This site lists the items you need to have on hand in case of an emergency.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Unique needs emergency preparedness supply list
This site lists the items that you need to have on hand for babies and older adults in case of an emergency.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - First aid supply list
This site lists the items you need to create a first aid kit.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Military family emergency preparedness
This site discussed emergency preparedness for military families.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Personal phone number list
This site will help you document phone numbers of your family, friends, doctors, schools, pharmacy, vet and others that you may need during an emergency.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Family emergency plan
This site links to a document that will help you create an emergency plan for you and your family.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Family communication plan
This site offers information about creating a family communication plan in preparation for an emergency.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Personal property inventory
This site provides a chart to help you document your possessions so that you are prepared to file an insurance claim in the wake of an emergency.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR KIDS

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Emergency preparedness Build a Kit
This site offers an interactive game to help kids learn about building an emergency kit.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Emergency preparedness Activity
This site offers an interactive game to help kids stay safe during a disaster.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Emergency preparedness coloring pages
This site offers coloring pages to help kids learn about emergency preparedness.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Emergency preparedness activity book
This site offers an activity book to help kids learn about emergency preparedness.

Sesame Street - Emergency preparedness for kids
This site offers Sesame Street games, activities, videos and more to help teach kids about emergency preparedness.
En Español

DISASTER RECOVERY

California Franchise Tax Board - Disaster loss tax claims
This site explains how to file a claim a disaster loss on your California income taxes.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Debris removal tips
This site explains the importance of documenting property damage before removing disaster debris and offers tips on how to do it.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Personal property inventory
This site provides a chart to help you document your possessions before or after a disaster.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Partial loss damage
This site explains partial loss disaster damage as the result of smoke, heat and caustic ash.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Insurance lawsuit deadline
This site explains the one-year lawsuit deadline provision contained in many homeowner insurance policies.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Sample policy replacement request letter
This site provides a sample letter to request a copy of an insurance policy that was lost or damaged during a disaster.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Recorded statement tips
This site offers tips for homeowners who are asked by their insurance company to provide a recorded statement of facts.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Additional living expenses list
Some insurance policies cover the cost of additional living expenses in the wake of a disaster. This site provides a partial list of those living expenses that are typically covered.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Personal property inventory
This site provides a chart to help you document your possessions for insurance claim purposes.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Replacement vs. actual cost value
This link explains the difference between replacement cost value and actual cost value of items lost during a disaster.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Underinsured
This document explains what to do if you find that the insurance policy you were sold does not properly cover your loss after a disaster.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Underinsured sample letter
This site offers a sample letter that would be written to your insurance company if you find that the policy you were sold does not properly cover your loss after a disaster.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Claims negotiating tips
This site offers tips for consumers shaving to negotiate claims with insurance adjusters.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Public insurance adjusters
This site will help you determine whether hiring a public adjuster to help you settle your insurance claim is the right choice for you.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Fair Claims Insurance Act
This site explains the protections offered to you under California's Fair Claims Insurance Act and provides a list to help you recognize unfair practices.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Disaster tax issues
This site will help you understand the tax issues you face after suffering a significant loss due to a natural disaster.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - Disaster tax worksheet
This site provides a sample disaster tax worksheet used in the wake of 2007 wildfires. This worksheet can help you document your loss for disaster tax purposes.

Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. - From Chaos to Community
This site links to a publication that is intended to help communities ravaged by natural disaster come together to rebuild and recover.