Posts Tagged ‘disaster preparedness’

Planning for a disaster

Monday, May 5th, 2014

storm clouds, hurricaneA disaster is an event that brings an extreme amount of stress into your life. The needs of pregnant women and families with infants during a disaster are unique. You still need to follow any evacuation and preparation instructions given by your state, but there may be some special things to consider if you are pregnant or have an infant.

The March of Dimes and the American Public Health Association (APHA) have teamed up to bring you a series of six fact sheets to help pregnant women and families with infants be prepared in case of an emergency. These fact sheets provide basic, easy-to-read information on what you need to know before, during and after a disaster or other emergency. They include:

You can also learn more about being prepared for a disaster if you are pregnant or if you have a baby on our website.

Being pregnant or caring for a baby can make a disaster even more stressful but getting prepared ahead of time can make things a little easier for you and your family.

Being prepared for an emergency

Monday, September 16th, 2013

fighting-fireDisasters can strike quickly and without warning making every second count during an emergency. Many of us have encountered wildfires, flash floods and tornadoes this year. Having a plan for emergencies can make a huge difference in difficult times, especially if you have children.

September is National Preparedness Month. Since 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sponsored National Preparedness Month, which encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities. The site’s toolkit includes helpful information, such as how to build an emergency supply kit, making a family game plan, staying informed before, during and after an emergency, and other preparedness resources and tips.

Here is information on things to consider if you’re pregnant.  If you are caring for a newborn, make sure you have a plan that will take into consideration the baby’s needs.

Be ready and be safe! Find preparedness events in your community.

Hurricane preparedness

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

hurricaneHurricane season is upon us and the first of the season, Hurricane Irene, is headed north toward the U.S. Irene has left Puerto Rico and is due to hit Florida either late Thursday or early Friday morning.

For all of you who live along the coasts that may be affected by a hurricane, it is important to remember safety preparation tips. The needs of a pregnant woman during a disaster are unique. You still need to follow any evacuation and preparation instructions given by your state, but here is a link to some special things to consider.

If you have recently had a baby or you are caring for a newborn, this article is designed to help you prepare for a disaster. If you are caring for an infant and have questions about the health effects of the disaster, please talk with a health care professional.

Now is the time to make preparations and have a plan in place for your family to follow in case you ever need it.