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Other "Disaster Handbook" Products

The Disaster Handbook and this Web site are just two components of the Comprehensive Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Education Module, an ongoing program of resource development. A complete listing of products is given on this page. All these materials can be purchased through IFAS Publications , PO Box 110011, Gainesville, Florida, 32611-0011 or call 1-800-226-1764 or visit the IFAS Extension Bookstore on the Web, click on "Home and Community."


Triumph over Tragedy - Disaster Handbook Video Series


Surviving the Storm — Coordination, Communication, and Cooperation. Video and Training Manual Set. IFAS Publication SV-1205

"Surviving the Storm" is an introductory video which shows the importance of good agency interaction in the event of a disaster. The video looks at how various groups – including Extension – cooperated to solve problems in the aftermath of two of the most severe disasters of recent times: Hurricane Andrew (South Florida, 1992) and the Red River Floods (Upper Midwest, 1993).

Helping Four-Legged Friends Survive the Storm. Video and Training Manual Set. IFAS Publication SV-1206

Disaster don't just affect people, companion animals and livestock are affected as well. "Helping Four-Legged Friends" covers many issues raised by the impact of disaster on animals, such as evacuating with pets and how to reconnect large animals and owners. The video focuses on animal issues in which Extension played a key role in Broward County, Florida during Hurricane Andrew. Counties in Florida have a defined Emergency Support Function (ESF) specifically for animal issues in emergency. The practical examples given in this video provide guidance to anyone concerned with a coordinated response to the needs of animals in disaster.

A Community Response to Managing Post-Disaster Stress. Video and Training Manual Set. IFAS Publication SV-1207

Disaster response has become more comprehensive over the last 20 years. There is a growing recognition that one of the major challenges of confronting disaster is the stress induced by the uncertainty, fear and loss that many people experience. "A Community Response to Managing Post-Disaster Stress" was developed by members of University of Florida's Disaster Mental Health Response Team, which has provided assistance in numerous disaster situations, both in the U.S. and abroad. Their experience and advice are the basis of this very practical video which helps workers and managers understand steps they can take to help reduce the stress of disaster victims and their own.


Agrochemicals and Security: A Training Module for the Safe and Secure Storage of Pesticides and Fertilizers

The new security environment has prompted the farm community to re-examine how the chemicals that are part of its daily work are handled. Agricultural chemicals have already been used in two of the most significant terrorist incidents in the U.S., the World Trade Center Bombing of 1993 and the Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995. Also, an agricultural fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, has become the target of drug manufacturers for the production of methamphetamine. This has a become a significant law enforcement issue throughout the U.S., but especially in the Midwest, with its combination of ready access to numerous ammonia tanks and remote locations.

Agrochemicals and Security includes six units that cover the following topics:

  • Unit 1: Introduction: Agrochemicals and Security — Why It Matters
  • Unit 2: Chemicals and Safety
  • Unit 3: Homeland Security and Fertilizers
  • Unit 4: Homeland Security and Pesticides
  • Unit 5: Security and Anhydrous Ammonia
  • Unit 6: Developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan

Proceed to the Agrochemicals and Security page to learn more and to download the training materials.