Free videos can help you prepare for disasters before they happen

Learn how to prepare for and respond to a variety of unexpected natural and man-made hazards by viewing online training videos.

Whether faced with a tornado, flooding, extreme winter weather or an active shooter at your workplace, do you feel well-prepared to deal with the situation?

If not, you may find an online video library containing over 500 training videos for a variety of disaster situations a helpful resource. The Disaster Resistant Communities Group has established their Just in Time Disaster Training library to assist individuals, agencies, and organizations in easily finding the disaster preparation information they need. The library has four main categories: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Each category contains multiple sub-categories from which to choose.

Several preparedness videos address disaster issues in a variety of situations including schools and day care facilities, churches, hospitals, shopping centers and malls, business and workplace settings. Others focus specifically on high risk groups such as senior citizens, pets, and special needs individuals who may require special attention. Influenza pandemics, foodborne illness outbreaks and extreme weather are some of the natural hazards covered.

Recovery-oriented videos offer information on resources that may provide disaster assistance such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). Practical instructions regarding food safety, dis-infecting items, removing mold and mildew and cleaning up your home after flooding are the focus of other videos in the library.

Also, the library features a special-interest section that lists videos related to current disaster conditions and those newly added to the collection.

If you know of a disaster training video that you feel merits inclusion in this library, you are encouraged to nominate it for inclusion. The videos in this online library are produced by a variety of sources including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food & Drug Administration as well as multiple other federal, state, and local agencies and organizations devoted to emergency preparedness.

Michigan State University Extension, the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), and eXtension.org are other excellent sources of information about disaster preparedness and response. Extension professionals all across the U.S. network to provide objective, research-based information to reduce the impact of disasters.

Don’t wait until disaster strikes. With a click of the mouse, these free resources can help you be better prepared for a variety of emergency situations. 

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