Free Online Tools Help People Prepare for Emergencies

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The Beehive's emergency preparedness tools aim to save lives and help people prepare for earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes and other emergencies.

We have created content that gives users a sense of control, knowing they are prepared should the worst happen.

One Economy Corporation, a global nonprofit, today announced the launch of Beehive's Emergency Preparedness content, new information and resources on handling a broad range of disasters and emergencies that are part of the Beehive (http://www.thebeehive.org ), a multilingual self-help web portal. Funded by the Allstate Foundation, this section helps low- to moderate-income individuals create and implement emergency preparedness plans. The Beehive's emergency preparedness tools can be found at http://www.thebeehive.org/beprepared .

Today, only 7 percent of Americans have taken the recommended emergency preparedness actions and a mere 21 percent of American households have an emergency supply kit, according to the American Red Cross. Civic engagement and community preparedness depends on adequate individual emergency education. The Beehive's Emergencies section helps people prepare for and react to various emergency situations as different as tornados and outbreaks of the flu, especially in lower-income communities where emergency education is less available.

"At One Economy, we aim to help people be prepared in their lives, from economic changes to natural disasters," said One Economy Chief Executive Officer Rey Ramsey. "We have created content that gives users a sense of control, knowing they are prepared should the worst happen."

On the Beehive, users will find information about what to do before, during, and after specific types of emergencies and walk through emergency scenarios from hurricanes to utility failure to acts of terrorism. Multimedia tools such as video and animation make it easy for people, including low-literacy users, to learn about:

  • Preparing for an emergency, including installing and testing alarms and detectors;
  • What to do during an emergency, including evacuations;
  • Creating a go bag; and
  • Building a personal support network.

The Beehive is a multilingual self-help web portal that provides resources and information about the things that matter most: money, health, education, jobs, and family. Each year, 4 million people access the Beehive and One Economy's other innovative public-purpose media properties, giving them tools for building better lives.

About One Economy
One Economy Corporation is a global nonprofit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people, connecting them to valuable tools for building better lives and entering the economic mainstream. Visit http://www.one-economy.com for more information.

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