Emergency Preparedness

Are You Ready

Disasters disrupt thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has lasting effects both to people and property.

If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster relief organizations will try to help you but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.

Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
has been designed to help the citizens of this nation learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. It can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual. The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property. Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains the food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity for individuals and their families to survive following a disaster in the event they must rely on their own resources.

Emergency Preparedness Resources



 Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. Practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. Click here for the "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" page that explains what to do and what not to do during an earthquake.