Information about downloading software
Sometimes information is too long or complex to be displayed accurately in HTML. At these times PDF (Portable Document Format), MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint or Flash can be used.
However, not all people have the software to read these formats. If you are having trouble reading a document, you can Request an Alternative Format or you can download software, apps or plug ins (a piece of software that works inside your web browser) so that you can access the information. See below for further help with these options.
PDF's maintain the look and structure of complex documents across any computer environment. Links indicated by the PDF icon or the .pdf extension (e.g. StormSafe.pdf) can be opened using a PDF reader. You can download a free PDF reader using the link below.
The Adobe Reader Web site has more information on this product. You can download free copies of Adobe Reader for Windows, Macintosh, or UNIX systems.
Adobe Reader can be set up as a plug-in application for your Web browser. You won't have to wait for a separate application to launch; you can read PDFs directly in your browser.
If you already have a Web browser, Adobe Reader should automatically install itself as a browser plug-in.
There are a range of free PDF viewers available - if you would prefer not to use Adobe Reader, do an internet search for alternative free PDF readers.
Accessibility of Adobe PDF Files
Adobe provides online conversion tools to help visually disabled users read PDF documents. They convert PDF documents into either HTML or ASCII text, which can then be read by screen reader programs.
Visit http://www.adobe.com/accessibility.html for more information on how to make PDF files more accessible to people with disabilities.
Links indicated by the Word icon or by the file extension .doc, .docx or .dot (e.g. StormDamage.doc) will open the document using the word processing package you have loaded on your computer or device.
With the free Microsoft Word Viewer, if you do not have Word you can open and view Word documents within your web browser.
Download: Microsoft Word Viewer
Links indicated by the Excel icon or by the file extension .xls or .xlsx (e.g. data.xls) will open the document using the spreadsheet package you have loaded on your computer or device.
With the free Excel Viewer, if you do not have Excel you can open and view Excel spreadsheets within your web browser.
Download: Excel Viewer
Links indicated by the Powerpoint icon or by the file extension .ppt, .pptx or .pps (e.g. slidehow.ppt) will open the document using the PowerPoint package you have loaded on your computer or device.
With the free Powerpoint Viewer, if you do not have PowerPoint you can open and view Powerpoint slideshows within your web browser.
Download: PowerPoint Viewer
Viewing of some media requires that the Adobe Flash Player be installed on your computer or device. You can download a free flash player at the link below.