Northbrook, Ill.-based The Allstate Corp., sponsored a disaster preparedness resource called the Catastrophe Readiness Clearinghouse and its Web site, (www.catastrophereadinessclearinghouse.com).The Clearinghouse, which is housed and managed by Centereach, N.Y.-based Middle Country Public Library, is a collection of disaster preparedness data and support available to anyone who visits the library. It includes a complete disaster preparedness information-portal Web site that is available to people everywhere.

"Readiness Begins With Me" is the primary message and philosophy behind the creation of the Catastrophe Readiness Clearinghouse and its Web site. Additionally, the Middle Country Public Library /Allstate Foundation partnership includes parent-and-child workshops, small business contingency seminars, a multimedia resource collection and more.

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