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Disaster Survival Resources: Emergency Management

When disaster strikes, what do you do? The resources and information in this guide helps give direction in a difficult time.

Emergency Management

These resources provide information on how to prepare for disasters:

Books on Emergency Management@HMCPL

When Disaster Strikes...

DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms -- a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences.

Huntsville Madison County Emergency Management Agency

Be ready BEFORE disaster strikes!  There are several ways to receive important information from the Huntsville Madison County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) :

  • Twitter - (   Follow the HMCEMA Twitter feed for up-to-date information regarding watches, warnings, road closures, ice, flooding, and other hazards.
  • Local Media - During an emergency, the EMA broadcasts press conferences and news events through local television and radio media.
  • Website - Valuable preparedness information can be found at their website:


...Be Prepared

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Madison County's Top Hazards

A Hazard Analysis determines the emergency management needs of a community. To determine what hazards exist in the Huntsville-Madison County area, an analysis of the events which have historically occurred, our actual vulnerability to specific events, the frequency of each incident, and the number of our population at risk must be assessed. When knowledge of the hazards is combined with the knowledge of their potential impacts on the county, the result is a measure of the vulnerability of the county.

The hazards which have been identified for Madison County and require planning are listed below in order according to their potential for occurring and the impact on the greatest number of population:

Severe Thunderstorms

Hazardous Material Incidents/Accidents



Heat Waves

Winter Storms

Major Fires

Civil Disturbance

Energy Emergencies

Radiological Accidents

Transportation Accidents


Dam Failures



Nuclear Attack

Make A Plan

 Preparedness Planning for Families

Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance.

 Preparedness Planning for Businesses

Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today’s world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. Examples of technology-related hazards are the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software.

Ready Business will assist businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.