Service Tree

The Service Tree lists all services in "branched" groups, starting with the very general and moving to the very specific. Click on the name of any group name to see the sub-groups available within it. Click on a service code to see its details and the providers who offer that service.

Earthquake Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the measures that people can take before, during and after a major earthquake to protect lives and property and increase their chances for survival until help arrives. Included are programs that inspect the homes of individual residents and give them a report which recommends ways to enhance their safety and reduce the risk of property damage or loss, as well as those that deal with earthquake safety in a more general way. Also included are programs that provide fact sheets, maps, information about seismic hazard zones (areas adjacent to active faults which may be subject to rupture, severe ground shaking, liquefaction or landslides in the event of an earthquake on the fault) and other types of technical information related to earthquakes that individuals and communities can review and evaluate to see if their area is at risk. An earthquake is the sudden motion or trembling of the ground produced by abrupt displacement of rock masses, usually within the upper 10 to 20 miles of the Earth.

Extreme Heat Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the measures that people can take before and during a major heat wave to keep their places of residence as cool as possible, to preserve water, to avoid heat disorders and overexposure to the sun, to recognize the symptoms of heat disorders and to be prepared to administer first aid as appropriate. When temperatures and the heat/humidity index are expected to be 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, a heat advisory is issued. A heat warning is issued for temperatures and/or heat indices of 110 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The exact combination of indices may vary between jurisdictions and may include factors such as dew point, cloud cover, humidity, wind speed and direction, and the duration of the hot spell. Extreme heat can be very dangerous when combined with high humidity or drought conditions.

Flood Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to protect lives and property in case of a flash flood; flooding from storm tides, tidal surges, ice break-ups, heavy rains or a hurricane; or dams or levees that have failed. Information about the community's warning system signaling that flooding is imminent is included. Also included are programs that provide fact sheets, maps and other types of information about flood zones (areas in which 100-year flood events may occur), inundation hazard areas (areas downstream from dams that are subject to flooding in the event of dam failure, areas at risk for inundation due to a tsunami and areas subject to inundation caused by seismically or landslide related back and forth wave action in enclosed or partially enclosed bodies of water such as lakes, harbors and channels) and other technical information related to flooding that individuals and communities can review and evaluate to see if their area is at risk.

General Disaster Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the measures that people can take before, during and after an emergency, regardless of the type of hazard encountered, to protect lives and property. Included may be materials that introduce people to the possibility of a disaster in their area, help families prepare and practice a general disaster plan, provide disaster preparedness suggestions for special populations including people with disabilities and older adults, help families plan for the care of their pets in times of disasters and other similar topics.

Hazardous Materials Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to protect lives and property before, during and after a traffic accident, train derailment, chemical manufacturing plant fire or accident or other incident involving the release of chemical substances which pose a threat to the environment or public health. Hazardous chemicals are used in industry, agriculture, medicine, research and consumer goods; and can cause death, serious injury, long-lasting health effects, and damage to buildings, homes and other property through improper exposure. People can be exposed by breathing the chemical; swallowing food, water or medication contaminated by the chemical; touching the chemical; or coming into contact with clothing or other materials that have touched the chemical.

Hurricane Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to protect lives and property before, during and after a hurricane. Included are programs that inspect the homes of individual residents and give them a report which recommends ways to enhance their safety and reduce the risk of property damage or loss, as well as those that deal with hurricane safety in a more general way. Hurricanes are tropical cyclones, formed in the atmosphere over warm ocean areas, in which wind speeds reach 74 miles per hour or more and blow in a large spiral around a relatively calm center or "eye".

Landslide/Mudslide Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to protect lives and property before or during a landslide or mudslide. Included are programs that inspect the homes and property of individual residents and give them a report which recommends ways to enhance their safety and reduce the risk of property damage or loss, as well as those that deal with ways to prevent landslides and mudslides in a more general way. Landslides are associated with instability of slopes which results in the downward and outward movement of rocks, soil, artificial fill or a combination of these materials. Mudslides (i.e., mudflows) are caused by an accumulation of water on or under the ground, often in areas that have lost ground and brush cover as may occur in the aftermath a fire.

Radiological Emergency Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the measures that people can take before, during and after a radiological accident, a nuclear power plant emergency, a nuclear attack or other nuclear disaster to protect lives and property and increase their chances for long-term survival. Information about the community's warning system signaling that a radiological accident has occurred is included. Radiological accidents can occur anywhere that radioactive materials are used, stored or transported, and involve the release of potentially dangerous materials into the environment, usually in the form of a cloud or "plume" that can affect the health and safety of anyone in its path. Protection in a nuclear emergency comes from distance (the more distance from the radiation the better), shielding (protection using heavy materials to absorb radiation) and time (radiation loses intensity rapidly).

Terrorism Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the precautions people can take to avoid a terrorist incident and the measures they can pursue to protect lives and property before, during and after a terrorist attack. Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the laws of the U.S. for purposes of intimidation, coercion, ransom or publicity for targeted causes. Most terrorist attacks involve conventional weapons such as firearms, explosives or incendiary devices, but the potential exists for the use of chemical agents, nuclear weapons and biological agents. In the case of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents, information is also provided about the etiology, symptoms, preventive measures, screening/diagnostic procedures and/or treatment or management of illnesses or other health conditions victims may acquire as a result of an attack.

Tornado Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to protect lives and property before, during and after a tornado. Information about the community's warning system signaling that a tornado is imminent is covered. Included are programs that inspect the homes of individual residents and give them a report which recommends ways to enhance their safety and reduce the risk of property damage or loss, as well as those that deal with tornado safety in a more general way. Tornadoes are local atmospheric storms, generally of short duration, formed by winds rotating at very high speeds (sometimes in excess of 300 miles per hour), usually in a counter-clockwise direction. The vortex, up to several hundred yards wide, is visible to the observer as a whirlpool-like column of winds rotating about a hollow cavity or funnel.

Volcanic Eruption Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the measures that people can take before, during and after the eruption of a volcano to protect lives and property and increase their chances for survival until help arrives. Information about the community's warning system signaling that a volcanic eruption is imminent is included. Also included are programs that provide fact sheets, volcanic hazard maps and other types of technical information about volcanic activity that individuals and communities can review and evaluate to see if their area is at risk.

Wildland Fire Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to protect lives and property in the event of a major brush fire, grass fire, woodland fire or other wildfire. Included are programs that inspect the homes of individual residents and give them a report which recommends ways to enhance their safety and reduce the risk of property damage or loss, as well as those that deal with wildland fire preparedness in a more general way. Also included are programs that provide fact sheets, maps identifying areas where the threat of wildfires is high and other technical information about wildland-urban interface fires that individuals and communities can review and evaluate to see if their area is at risk.

Winter Storm Preparedness Information

Programs that increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to protect themselves and their property from the hazards of blizzards, heavy snows, ice storms, freezing rain, sleet or other winter storms. Included may be winterization suggestions for homes, information about hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather health threats and advice regarding driving in severe winter weather.

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