Our purpose here is to teach our community about Emergency Preparedness. To that end, here are a few web resources that we think you’ll find helpful. There is a wealth of information available on the web. Exhaustive lists of links can be overwhelming, so we’re just including a few to get you started. Please note that inclusion does not, in any way, imply endorsement.
Click here for preparedness files in various formats. (Over 15,000 files arranged by topic – over 19 GB of information) For a sorted directory, use the “Resources>Downloadable Files” menu item.
Being able to print out information from the web is a great way to build your library of preparedness knowledge. We have found that the web browser plug-in called Print Friendly & PDF is very helpful for this purpose.
Free Topographic maps – from National Geographic in PDF format. These are 7.5 minute detail.
Too Big to Evacuate? – This article from the Miami Herald analyzes Florida’s evacuation before Hurricane Irma landed in the middle of September and presents some interesting factors to consider for people looking to act left of bang. (from cp-journal.com)
Hurricane Notes – Compiled from notes taken before, during, and after the hurricanes that came through Volusia County in 2004.
Food Storage Wisdom – A physician in Florida spends 40 days living entirely on his food storage program in order to discover what works, what doesn’t, and how to make it better. (Lots of good comments on this one)
The Southern Agrarian Last Ditch List – What would you plant in your garden if feeding your family depended on it? This list is from years of experience gardening in West Volusia County.
Our Precarious Agriculture System – A look at one family farm in Florida and what we can learn about the system that supplies our food.
Food Security and Social Unrest – A FEMA contractor reported on a simulation called “Food Chain Reaction”. The results were interesting, to say the least.
Prime Time Shortwave Schedules – Shortwave radio remains an effective way of getting news from around the world, directly from the source. This site has regularly updated shortwave radio broadcast schedules.
Volusia County Emergency Management – Links to services, alerts, and local resources including shelter locations.
Volusia County ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
Every Needful Thing – Monthly newsletter published by Sun Oven; good, solid information in a free newsletter. Well worth signing up for.
Code Red Emergency Alert System – Emergency notification system initiated by Volusia County Emergency Management. Sign up to be notified of local emergency situations.
North Florida Gardening Calendar – Produced by the University of Florida.
Is there a single food that you can survive on forever? – Popular Science article. In times of famine, there are a couple of foods a human could survive on … at least for awhile. The potato is one good example. Technically, the traditional white potato contains all the essential amino acids you need to build proteins, repair cells, and fight diseases. And eating just five of them a day would get you there. However, if you sustained on white potatoes alone, you would eventually run into vitamin and mineral deficiencies. That’s where sweet potatoes come in.
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