By Carly McCracken

Disaster Preparedness

How many of us are truly ready for a natural disaster? Located smack dab in the Midwest, Kansas City experiences some truly wild weather. Our springs and summers are filled with extreme heat, messy thunderstorms, flooding, and tornados. Our winters contain freezing temperatures, ice storms, and blizzards. With climate change science shows us that we will have more natural disasters. Don’t wait until it is too late to start preparing now! This resource is dedicated to providing you with the information in order to be better prepared for when disaster strikes.


Join us and Dr. Chiquita Miller from the K-State County Research and Extension Office to learn how you and your family can be better prepared for when disaster strikes! We will have a virtual presentation followed by a 15 minute Q&A session.

Topic: Disaster Preparedness & You

Time: Nov 16, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 968 4327 4950

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Online Resources

The following online resources provide excellent guides for starting your disaster preparedness journey.

  1. Prepare Kansas by K-State:
    1. This online resource can guide you through different parts of disaster preparedness such as making a disaster plan, building a disaster kit, or having tough disaster based conversations with your kids.
  2. Natural Disaster and Severe Weather by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
    1. This resource focuses on all types of natural disasters. No matter where you live you are able to use this resource to help you know what to do before, during, and after a disaster happens.
  3. Ready.Gov:
    1. This resource provides information on what to do before, during, and after a variety of disasters that are both natural and manmade, such as cyberattacks or chemical emergencies.


Check out these titles in our collection to help you with your disaster preparedness.

  1. The Disaster Survival Guide: How to Prepare for and Survive Floods, Fires, Earthquakes, and More by Marie D. Jones:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1073113/ada?qu=natural+disasters+prepare&d=ent%3A%2F%2FSD_ILS%2F0%2FSD_ILS%3A1073113%7EILS%7E0&h=8
    1. This book shows how to prepare for and respond to any crisis, man-made or natural, wherever it might occur and however small or large it might be. Using what has been learned from previous disasters, this indispensable book illustrates how others survived past crises and managed to rebuild their lives.