Emergency Planning Online Resources



Virginia has experienced numerous disasters, from localized flooding to widespread damage, and from hurricanes and tropical storms to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Understanding the types of hazards that threaten Virginia and preparing for them ahead of time will ensure that when the next disaster strikes, the citizens of the Commonwealth will be ready.

Ready Virginia is a statewide public education effort to prepare Virginians for all hazards, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

Ready Virginia encourages Virginians to do three things to prepare for emergencies:

    • Get an emergency supply kit
    • Make an emergency plan
    • Stay informed about the hazards that could impact Virginia
The Ready Virginia Web site is a central, authoritative resource for preparedness information for all Virginians.


Ready.gov is a Department of Homeland Security website that focuses on disaster preparedness. It includes step by step instructions on what you need to be ready in an emergency. It offers this information from three perspectives; Ready America, Ready Business, and Ready Kids.

FEMA for Kids

This is a fun interactive site where kids can learn about disaster preparedness and related topics at their level.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has a plethora of resources and links for both the Local Emergency Manager as well as the private Citizen interested in disaster preparedness.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA has a wide variety of information that can be helpful in planning for an emergency on their website.

American Red Cross “Disaster Services” 

This page is another valuable resource for disaster related information including materials in foreign languages, and frequently asked questions of the Red Cross.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

This is the place to go for terrorism and security related information. Some of its offerings include traveling tips and information, and the national threat advisory level.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service offers not only local forecasts, but an impressive array of other weather related tools and information, including satellite and radar imagery.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Integration Center www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/.

This website will give you all you need to know about NIMS and its implementation.

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