Emergency Preparedness Resources
Individual Action is an Easy Way to Start
Transition US is currently development a workbook, Ready Together: A Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Handbook, scheduled for release in 2020. Like Transition Streets, this workbook can be done by a family or with neighbors, providing step-by-step actions you can take to become more prepared. In the meantime, if you would like to begin taking action on personal preparedness, take a look at the preparedness email series on the Transition Longfellow website. They will guide you step by step in gathering resources and putting a plan in place.
You can also find classes on emergency preparedness offered through:
- MN Department of Public Safety
- CERT – Statewide Community Emergency Response Teams
- FEMA Preparedness website
- Peak Prosperity’s Crash Course and its website section PREPARE
- Red Cross First Aid training
- Coursera (an online university course)
These are great resources, but don’t forget your emotional needs. When faced with a crisis, emotional distress, fear and grief can make it difficult to take right action. Transition groups may create Inner Transition groups to explore these needs using resources from authors like Joanna Macy (Work that Reconnects and Active Hope), Sharon Astyk (Making Home), and Carolyn Baker (Collapsing Consciously).
While not specifically about emergency response, the book My Grandmothers’ Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by local therapist Resmaa Menakem, offers many simple, practical methods for emotional self-care for individuals as well as groups. It will be useful for all of us to gain a greater understanding of trauma and how people respond to trauma. If you have previously experienced trauma and find yourself reacting strongly to triggering situations, the exercises in that book may be particularly freeing for you.
Group Action Will Take Us Further
Don’t expect to prepare alone. Preparedness is a community effort. Get to know your neighbors and talk about preparedness together. If you’d like ideas for community engagement, contact Transition Twin Cities.
Faith communities can play a critical role in helping to build networks of caring, not just within their congregation but also radiating out into the community. This is an opportunity for practical outreach.
- Who in the neighborhood is particularly vulnerable? Who are the elders, people with medical concerns, people who don’t speak English?
- Do you know which of your neighbors has no air conditioning and might need a helping hand on an extreme heat day? Can someone check in with them?
Faith communities usually have buildings where people can gather in an emergency and staff who have experience meeting people experiencing difficult times in their lives. Are you prepared to welcome strangers who need immediate help?
Local businesses can step up during times of crisis in a variety of ways.
- A local clinic can offer classes on health impacts of climate change, like the Health Partners Como Clinic did in January 2019 when they hosted an evening workshop.
- Local stores can carry emergency supplies for sale.
- A local business with freezer space may offer to store food for homes or businesses that have lost power.
- A business with a generator may become home base for emergency organizing efforts.
Municipalities continually work on emergency preparedness as part of their everyday responsibilities. Usually that preparedness does not extend to “climate change” but several Minnesota Cities have begun such planning.
In St. Paul, the City worked with the Science Museum and several neighborhoods to help communities begin to think about climate change. These partners created a guidebook for St. Paul residents entitled Ready & Resilient: A Guide to Extreme Weather for St. Paul Residents. For another example of community planning, see also the City of Bloomington’s Community Based Emergency Preparedness Toolkit.
Does your township, municipality or neighborhood have a plan? If not, ask them to get started now, before it’s needed. Ask them how they will inform and include the public.
Realistically, our climate is going to continue to change for the rest of our lives. We are in this for the long haul. When repeated disasters drain state and federal funds, citizen networks of mutual aid will become increasingly important. Learn more about grassroots disaster relief efforts like Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, one possible model/partner for future preparedness work.
Who Can Help?
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|Ramsey County Community Emergency Response Team||This CERT program through the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office partners community members and emergency services personnel together to coordinate responses to catastrophic disasters. CERT provides a 9-week training course to prepare citizens to assist their neighbors in the event of disaster. Contact: Email: CERT@co.ramsey.mn.us , Phone: (651) 266-7333||Preparedness, Ramsey County, Resilience||preparedness ramsey-county resilience|
|Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management||Minneapolis’ Office of Emergency Management offers a ton of resources on what to do in the case of emergency or extreme weather, as well as resources to increase personal preparedness and resources for after an emergency such as how to navigate flood insurance. Many of these resources are available in …||Hennepin County, Preparedness, Resilience||hennepin-county preparedness resilience|
|Minnesota Department of Health Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response||The MDH Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response works to establish integrated preparedness, response, and recovery planning at state, local, and tribal levels. Their website has resources on personal/family preparedness, preparedness regarding public health, among other information. Contact: Phone: (651) 201-5700 , Online Contact Form: https://survey.vovici.com/se/56206EE31CB50E82||Preparedness, Resilience||preparedness resilience|
|The American Red Cross Minnesota Region||The Red Cross works with volunteers to prepare Minnesotans for disasters as well as respond with disaster relief when crisis does strike. Red Cross seeks to strengthen communities by improving community preparedness. Contact: Phone for General Inquiry: (612) 871-7676 , Phone to get help: (612) 871-7676||Preparedness, Resilience||preparedness resilience|
|Metropolitan Council Local Planning Handbook||The Met Council has produced a Local Planning Handbook to help communities update their local comprehensive plans in the areas of land use, transportation, water resources, parks and trails, housing, energy infrastructure, resilience, health, economy and social connection. See the workbook at https://metrocouncil.org/Handbook/Plan-Elements/Resilience.aspx||Climate Policy, County/City Plans, Energy Policy, Food Systems, Housing, Land Use, Metro-Wide Resource, Policy & Advocacy, Preparedness, Resilience, Transportation, Waste Reduction, Water Protection||climate-policy county-city-plans energy-policy food-systems affordable-sustainable-housing land-use metro-wide-resource policy-advocacy preparedness resilience transportation wastereduction water-protection climate energy food boost-natural-systems|
|Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy||The Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy’s mission is to ensure that communities and policy makers have the tools and information they need to create just, sustainable energy and environmental policy. CEED researches vulnerability to rising energy costs and the many reasons it is a greater burden in EJ communities. …||Climate, Climate Action, Climate Justice, Climate Policy, Energy, Energy Advocacy, Energy Policy, Preparedness||climate climate-action climate-justice climate-policy energy energy-advocacy energy-policy preparedness|
|Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience||Efforts to build community resilience often focus on growing the capacity to “bounce back” from disruptions, like those caused by climate change. But climate change is not the only crisis we face, nor is preparing for disruption the only way to build resilience. Truly robust community resilience should do more. It should engage …||Books/Videos, Preparedness, Resilience||books-videos preparedness resilience|
|Financial Literacy: Disaster Preparedness||Learn more about financial planning to deal with expected and unexpected emergencies, like a job loss or damage from extreme weather.||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Transition Longfellow Preparedness Emails||Be Prepared It is easier to make the right decisions when the worst happens if you have planned ahead. Transition Longfellow created an Emergency Preparedness Challenge providing weekly emails for 35 weeks to help members create their own preparedness plan and get resources in place. Transition Longfellow gave permission for …||Preparedness, Resilience||preparedness resilience|
|Pet Emergency Preparedness||Emergency Planning: Week Make an Emergency Pet Evacuation Plan This week you’ll find a 3-month pantry To-Do at the bottom of the page, but we wanted to pick up an important Preparedness element – preparing to care for or evacuate your pets. Don’t Leave Your Love Behind If you leave …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Car Emergency Preparedness||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 1 Car Emergency Preparedness This is the first in a series of emails to help you become more prepared for extreme weather emergencies, brought to you by volunteers @ Transition Longfellow. Set aside some time to take these actions or use our To Do …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Get Ready: Emergency Car Supplies||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 2 Emergency Car Supplies This week we are looking at things you should have in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Check your car. If you don’t have them, create a shopping list and buy them now, or put this on your To …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Get Ready: Signal for Help||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 3 Communicating That You Need Help This email series — brought to you by neighborhood volunteers at Transition Longfellow — is designed to help you become more prepared for extreme weather emergencies. This week is short and sweet: if you are stuck in your …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Get Ready: Stranded, Now What?||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 4 What to Do If You are Stranded in Your Car Did you know that Canadian arctic rescue teams suggest that drivers carry a can of dog food in their cars? Why? Because when people get stranded in snow in the arctic they tend …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Preparing Your Home for Extreme Cold||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 5 Prepare Your Home for Cold In the next three e-newsletters, we will talk about protecting you and your home in cold weather if you lose power (no fan for a forced-air furnace and no heaters), or if your boiler breaks (for radiator heating). …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Extreme Cold and Plumbing||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 6 Extreme Cold and Plumbing Power outages in extreme cold can cause water in your home’s pipes to freeze. This can ruin your home when it thaws. It takes a while for a home to freeze. You may get the heat or electric problem …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Prepare to Live in a Cold Home||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 7 Living in a Cold Home If you have another housing option, seriously consider leaving your home and returning when the heat is back on. But it is possible to live in a cold home – in fact, our ancestors did it for centuries …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Start Your Communications Plan||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 8 Start Your Communications Plan In the next 4 emails, we will look at communications. How will you communicate with family and friends in an emergency situation? Devices can get wet or run out of power. Cell phone towers can become overloaded and transmit …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Communication Plan: Emergency Phone Numbers||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 9 Carry Your Emergency Numbers with You Wallet Contact List This week, we will make an Emergency Contact Card to keep in your wallet. It’s a key part of your personal and family emergency communications plan. You can customize a card for each member …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Communication Plan: Create a Meetup Plan||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 10 Create a Meeting Place Cascade In case of emergency – whether at the household level or the community level – it’s important to know where you will meet up or check-in with family and friends if you are separated. Depending upon the nature …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Communication Plan: How to Get Emergency Information||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 11 Know Where to Get Accurate Emergency Information The City of Minneapolis has a useful webpage listing a variety of places where you can get emergency information. You can also sign up for emergency email and phone updates from the City. Invest in a …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Shelter In Place: Water Storage||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 12 Shelter in Place – 3 Day Water Storage Shelter in place is about ensuring that you can meet your family’s basic needs for a set amount of time without needing to go out and buy things. Emergency experts talk about a 3-day minimum …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Shelter in Place: 3 Day Food Supply||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 13 Shelter in Place – 3 Days of Food Snowed in? No car? Your home should have a minimum of 3 days of stored food for each person. This week we are going to set aside 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners, plus …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Shelter in Place: Home First Aid Kit||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 14 Shelter in Place – Your Home First Aid Kit Every Home Should Have First Aid Supplies A bleeding knee from a fall on the sidewalk A burn from a hot pan on the stove A cut from a piece of broken glass A …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Shelter in Place: Security & Sanitation Supplies||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 15 Shelter in Place – Security and Sanitation Supplies What supplies would you need if your home was damaged in an extreme weather event? What if a large tree branch fell on your roof during a storm? What if the drain backed up in …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Shelter in Place: Stay Entertained||Get Ready for Extreme Weather: Week 16 Shelter in Place: Comfortable? Are the Kids Entertained? Todays’ task is short and sweet. Put into your “disaster supply kit” at least one item for each person that battles boredom or provides comfort. Good choices might be a paperback book, playing cards, a …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Evacuate: Identification||Get Ready for Evacuate: Week 17 Bring All Your Identification Document preparedness is overwhelming to many, so we are going to break it down into really small pieces and it will take us four weeks to finish this part. This first week, let’s get our identity archived. Take a picture …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Evacuate: Medical & Insurance Documents||Get Ready To Evacuate: Week 19 Document Preparedness: Medical Records This task will be a little harder, but you have momentum, and you can do this! Start by taking a picture of all your health insurance cards. These might have been in your wallet, in which case that part was …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Evacuate: Financial Records||Prepare for Extreme Weather: Week 19 Evacuate: Bring Your Important Financial Records This is the third, and the hardest of the documentation tasks but you’ve got momentum. Taxes: Get copies of the last 3 years of tax forms, and take pictures of the fronts and backs of every one. Financial …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Evacuate: Wrap Up Your Documents||Get Ready To Evacuate: Week 20 Wrap Up Your Documents This is the fourth and last of our Documentation preparedness series. We are going to check what we have against a Vital Documents Checklist. Its time to make sure everything is complete, or to finish up the final pieces. Depending …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Evacuate: Clothes for Your Go Bag||Prepare to Evacuate: Week 22 Get Your Go-Bag Ready Now we’re going to pull together everything you need for your Go Bag, in case you have to evacuate. This week, we are going to gather 3 days of emergency clothing for each person in your family. Set Aside a Change …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Evacuate: Get Your Go Bag||Prepare to Evacuate: Week 21 Pulling it all together: Create a Go Bag In previous months we pulled together everything we need to be safe in our car and in our home should we get trapped in bad weather conditions. Now we’re going to look at what you will need …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Evacuate: What to Expect at a Navigation Center||What to Expect When You Evacuate – Week 23 The Evacuation Center Recently, we’ve been hearing stories about hundreds of people being evacuated from flooding in the Northeast. That is the most likely scenario for evacuation from our neighborhood! You have to leave your home, and no one is available …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Evacuation and Special Populations||Evacuation and Special Populations: Week 24 Personal Care Needs for Evacuation “Special Populations”: This group of people is so large and diverse, there is no way to address all scenarios. You need to look at the individuals in your life and discuss a particular situation with them. Guidelines for considering …||Preparedness||preparedness|
|Emergency Food Supply: 3 Month Pantry||Emergency Food Supply: Week 25 The 3-Month Pantry Our next project is a big one. We’re going to start our emergency pantry by setting aside a 3-month supply of food. Why Store Extra Food? Earlier in the series, we set aside a small emergency food supply of a few days. …||Cooking/Storing Resources, Food, Preparedness||cooking-storing-resources food preparedness|
|Emergency Food Supply: What Food to Store?||Emergency Food Supply: Week 26 What Kind of Food to Store There are two kinds of food storage. Think about the time frame and the type of emergency you are planning for when you start your food storage pantry. First, there is short-term food storage; food that is in constant rotation. …||Cooking/Storing Resources, Food, Food Sourcing, Preparedness||cooking-storing-resources food food-sourcing preparedness|
|Emergency Food Supply: Protect from Oxygen||Emergency Food Supply: Week 28 The Enemy of Stored Food: Oxygen We talked earlier about different kinds of storage containers to ensure your food remains insect and rodent-free [this email has been lost]. But there is one other food thief you need to plan for, and that’s oxygen. In the …||Cooking/Storing Resources, Food, Preparedness||cooking-storing-resources food preparedness|
|Emergency Food Supply: Breakfast||Emergency Food Supply: Week 29 Breakfast Food to Add to Your Pantry Breakfast for 90 Days We hope you’ve been paying attention for a few weeks now to the foods your family eats on a regular basis – and that you’ve made a list of the things you already have …||Cooking/Storing Resources, Food, Preparedness||cooking-storing-resources food preparedness|
|Emergency Food Supply: Finding Space||Emergency Food Supply: Week 27 Finding Space for Food Storage Where Are We Going to Put It All? The ideal food storage area is cool, dry, dark, and protected from pests. A basement room often fits these criteria, but what if your house doesn’t have a basement? What if you …||Cooking/Storing Resources, Food, Preparedness||cooking-storing-resources food preparedness|
|Emergency Food Supply: Lunch||Emergency Food Supply: Week 30 What’s For Lunch? Lunch for 90 Days Back to that list of favorite foods you put together. Now we’re going to look at lunches. In the U.S., lunch is usually a lighter meal than dinner so you may find canned goods are a quick meal …||Cooking/Storing Resources, Food, Preparedness||cooking-storing-resources food preparedness|
|Emergency Food Supply: Snacks||Emergency Food Supply: Week 32 Snacks, Sweets, Drinks, and More! Variety is the Spice of Life This week we go back to the list we made of things our family likes to eat. What do you like to eat for snacks? For beverages? In an emergency situation, you will want …||Cooking/Storing Resources, Food, Preparedness||cooking-storing-resources food preparedness|
|Emergency Food Supply: Dinner||Emergency Food Supply: Week 31 What’s For Dinner? Dinner foods are often very similar to lunch foods. We talked about canned foods in our last newsletter. In this issue, we’ll talk about frozen and freeze-dried foods, including specialized “emergency preparedness” foods. The Freezer Freezing is an ideal way to store …||Cooking/Storing Resources, Food, Preparedness||cooking-storing-resources food preparedness|
|Emergency Food Supply: Special Diets||Emergency Food Supply: Week 33 Plan for Special Dietary Needs This month we’re going to talk about food storage tips if you or a family member has a medical condition that requires a particular diet. We don’t have room – or expertise – to talk about every type of special …||Cooking/Storing Resources, Food, Preparedness||cooking-storing-resources food preparedness|