Disasters can wreak havoc in many ways, from the natural devastation of tornadoes to the destruction that can follow from man-made machines running amok. Lawmakers in Minnesota are reviewing a proposal that would provide training to firefighters to help them handle oil-related emergencies, TwinCities.com reported.
Campus communities need to prepare for emergency situations and put effective measures in place before disaster strikes. In order to get a leg up on crises, the University of Southern California recently began its Community Emergency Preparedness Project, the Daily Trojan reported.
Disaster preparedness programs need to include procedures for maintaining communication during emergencies, whether through an alert and notification system or other means. Local administrators, crisis agency members and telephone service provider representatives met in McLean, Va., to discuss methods for getting ready for disasters, according to Inside Nova.
Acquiring proper equipment is one of the most effective ways for communities to prepare for emergencies, though purchasing the handiest items is not always convenient. A new store, Homestand Preparation Station, recently began selling supplies to help Oklahoma residents get ready for disasters, according to The Oklahoman.
Disaster preparedness has become a major concern for enterprises, organizations and individuals alike in the wake of recent crises, such as Hurricane Sandy. In order to mitigate the destruction wrought by powerful storms and other catastrophic disturbances, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a number of new regulations to ensure the medical facilities are ready for emergencies, The New York Times reported.
Disaster recovery facilities can help to aid the recuperative process in the aftermath of a crisis. The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island recently received nearly $600,000 in funding from the American Red Cross to create a volunteer disaster recovery center for Superstorm Sandy victims, the Long Island Exchange reported.