Guides & Resources
- The American Dental Association's Emergency Planning & Disaster Recovery (PDF)
- American Dental Association's Guidelines on Clean-up After Flood (PDF)
- Environmental Health Emergency Response Guide (PDF)
- Federal Financial Resources
- Hurricane Safety Products
- Professional Associations
- Public Agencies/Companies/Organizations
- Recovery and Mental Health Assistance
- Weather Information
- Weather Radios
A resource from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Ready.gov outlines common sense measures you can take to help your practice survive and recover from a catastrophic event.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Immediately following a disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will make cash grants of up to $26,000 per individual or household for lodging expenses, rent, home repair or renovation, and other disaster-related needs.
U.S. Small Business Administration
In the wake of a hurricane, flood, earthquake, wildfire, tornado or other physical disaster, most of the Federal government's longer-term disaster assistance comes in the form of low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Even if you don't own a business, you may still be eligible for SBA financial assistance.
Small Business Development Centers Network
The SBA’s network of small business development centers (SBDCs) provide free and confidential business counseling services to help small businesses succeed. SBDC counselors are fully qualified to counsel you by phone, email, or in person, on any number of topics, including how to formulate a business recovery plan, locate disaster-related loans and grants, complete loan and grant applications, and understand how federal disaster assistance works.
U.S. Department of Labor
Disaster Unemployment Assistance for up to 26 weeks is available to individuals whose employment or self-employment was directly lost or interrupted due to a declared disaster.
Omark Safety Products
First aid supplies
Architectural specialty items to withstand hurricane forces; skylights, screens, doors, plywood clips, flood barriers and other related products
Toll free: 888-640-0850
Makers of the Hurricane Wedge—a device to secure wood panels on windows
Storm Guard Window
Toll free: 888-306-7998
Storm Shield Hurricane Products
Supplies specialty screens that you can see through, but will still protect windows
Palm City, FL
Toll free: 888-393-8373
Carries Florida Building Code approved products
American Society of Home Inspectors
American Radio Relay League Inc (ARRL)
Associated with the National Association
of Amateur Radio Operators
Based in Newington, VT
American Red Cross
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Specific health information and guidance regarding CBR agents
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Check List for Infection Control Concerns
Reopening healthcare facilities closed due to extensive water and wind damage
Evironmental Protection Agency: Mold Resources
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Health and safety guidance, publications and training information
National Flood Insurance Program
Keeping workers safe during clean up and recovery operations following hurricanes
Salvation Army (Southern Division)
Emergency planning: Risk management experts tell dentists how (April 21, 2006)
Dental schools now offering disaster response CE (April 3, 2006)
Outline for mass disaster response: Local dental societies can tailor ADA plan to meet needs (Sept. 16, 2005)
American Red Cross
Provides community disaster education materials; produced to help people prepare for, respond to and cope with emergencies. (See Public Agencies and Organizations for local contact information.)
Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers
Published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Provides procedures and checklists for developing a building profile and performing preventive maintenance in commercial buildings.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological Incident Handbook
Unclassified document, published by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), describing potential CBR events, recognizing potential CBR events, differences between agents, common symptoms and information for making preliminary assessments when a CBR release is suspected.
Family Preparedness Guide (State of Florida)
“In Case of Emergency (ICE)” booklet:
In the event of an emergency, having organized records at your fingertips can save time, money and frustration. To help organize your important records and bolster your emergency preparedness, ADA members may request an “In Case of Emergency (ICE)” booklet developed by Great-West Financial Insurance Company, underwriters of the ADA-sponsored Members Insurance Plans. For your FREE booklet, call 888.463.4545 or email email@example.com.
Institute for Business and Home Safety
Offers numerous downloadable and hard-copy publications with helpful information about storm resistant construction.
One-Stop Hurricane Resource Guide (Third edition)
Available from the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Produced in partnership with The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes—FLASH Inc.
Open For Business—Disaster Recovery Folder
Published by the Institute for Business and Home Safety. Contains planning advice and holds important papers.
For a free, single copy, contact IBHS at 866-657-4247 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
What Should You Do If A Hurricane Threatens Your Community?
A simple brochure/guide to help you make the decision whether to ride out a storm, or evacuate—along with important tips about what to do in either case. Available from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Recovery and Mental Health Assistance
American Psychiatric Association
Offers information of public interest and a directory of service providers.
American Psychological Association
Comprehensive resources on coping with trauma.
National Institutes of Mental Health
Offers information on post-traumatic stress and anxiety disorders.
American Red Cross
Contact and join your area's American Red Cross;
County Health Department
Contact your county health department and ask how you may assist if an event were to occur; Locate a CHD: www.doh.state.fl.us/chdsitelist.htm
Medical Reserve Corps
Contact and join your area's Medical Reserve Corps
National Incident Management System
Take the online course, National Incident Management System, Incident Command Structure 100. This course will familiarize you with the command structure implemented during a disaster.
Weather for active lives
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – National Weather Service (NOAA)
The Weather Channel
Midland, K.C., MO
Online source for Midland, NOAA weather radios