The following planning guides have been developed to assist you in your planning efforts for earthquake and tsunami disasters.
Recent catastrophic disaster events remind us that many communities are vulnerable to natural hazards. The Indian Ocean basin earthquake and tsunami took over 250,000 lives and caused major disruptions in the regional and local economies. Hurricane Katrina killed over 1,200 and caused over $150 billion in reported damages to the US Gulf Coast. Both events highlight what has been known by researchers: that many costs associated with disaster events–including social and economic disruptions–are difficult to quantify but have profound, long-term impacts on a community’s ability to recover. This guide provides an approach for assisting communities in identifying issues they will face in a disaster. The intent is to provide a process for communities to start pre-disaster planning for catastrophic events by engaging partners in identifying the critical issues the community will face in a post-disaster reconstruction environment. This is only the first step toward making your community more disaster resilient and sustainable – now and for the future.
Open for Business: A Disaster Planning Toolkit For The Small Business Owner from the Institute for Business and Home Safety is being made available by CREW in a writable PDF format. This toolkit will help small business owners to:
- Identify the hazards you may face
- Plan for and reduce the impact of disasters
- Keep your doors open after a disaster hits
- Advise you on insurance, disaster supplies and the things you can do to make your business more disaster resistant
Project Safe Haven: Vertical Evacuation on the Washington Coast