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Covering disasters: Tips, articles and resources

Emergency workers on the scene of a deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo.
Photo by KOMUnews via Flickr

As quick-striking tornadoes and slowly rising flood waters affect part of the United States, public health becomes a life and death issue. Water systems fail, leaving no clean drinking water. Roads and bridges are blocked, adding hours to emergency transport times. Floods can contaminate the environment with hazardous chemicals.

Even if you aren't in one of the affected areas, this collection of resources will help you prepare for reporting on future crises. Find out how to prepare ahead of time for a disaster, how to organize coverage of a long-term story, how to evaluate whether your city or region is adequately prepared to handle emergencies and more.

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