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Emergency Preparedness

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If disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Click on the links below to learn what simple steps you can take now to be ready to protect and care for your family should an unexpected emergency occur. 


Get a kit together


Make a plan

  • Emergency planning basics
  • Emergency planning for pregnant women and new mothers
  • Emergency planning for people with special needs
  • More...

Be informed

  • Before an emergency
  • During an emergency

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  • Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Prepardness (PDF, 21.1 MB) – This guide provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking you through how to get informed about local emergency plans, identify hazards, develop an emergency communications plan, and disaster supplies kit.
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response  – This website keeps you informed about public health emergencies and provides information about specific emergency situations.
  • Emergency Preparedness Checklist  (PDF, 137.4 KB) – This checklist will help you learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead. It gives advice on how to make a plan and prepare a disaster kit.

Content last updated: January 24, 2011.

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