Public Health Emergency Preparedness works to build and strengthen the health departments’ abilities to effectively respond to a range of public health threats, including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events.
Please remember there is no substitute for personal preparation. In an emergency or disaster, the government, emergency management agencies, and/or public safety agencies may not be able to meet your needs. It is important for all citizens to make individual plans and preparations for their care and safety in any emergency.
Make A Plan
Hold a family meeting and make a plan that includes your family’s specific health and safety needs. Practice escape routes and meeting points in case of fire or other emergency. Designate an out of town relative or friend as a point of contact for family. Teach each family member how to use a fire extinguisher and where to shut off utilities. Post emergency phone numbers by each phone. Teach children how to dial 9-1-1. Contact your work and school to know what their emergency plans are.
Know what disasters are most likely to happen where you live, work and visit. Also know how to get alerts. Contact the Emergency Management office or the local Red Cross for information on disasters in your area.
Build A Kit
Prepare a Disaster Supply Kit. Put together a family disaster supplies kit ahead of time. Include enough food, water and medical supplies, for each family member, to last at least 72 hours.
Meet your neighbors. Help plan for those who might need extra help during an emergency. Take a first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class.
"This publication was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number, NU90TP922049, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services."