Overall
Why Prepare?
Citizen
Local
State
Federal

Basic Preparedness
Getting Informed
Planning and Checklists
Special Needs
Disaster Supplies Kit
Shelter
Others

Natural Hazards
Floods
Hurricanes
Thunderstorms and lightning
Tornadoes
Winter storms and extreme cold
Extreme heat
Earthquakes
Volcanoes
Landslides and debris flow
Tsunamis
Fires
Wildfires

Technological Hazards
Hazardous materials incidents
Household chemical emergencies
Nuclear power plant emergencies

Terrorism
Explosions
Biological threats
Chemical threats
Nuclear blasts
Radiological dispersion device events

Recovering from Disaster
Health and safety guidelines
Returning home
Seeking disaster assistance
Coping with disaster
Helping others
 

Why Prepare?
There is a real need to prepare; disasters dislocate hundreds of thousands of people every year. Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property. If a disaster occurs in your community you need to be ready as local responders may not be able to reach you immediately or they may need to focus efforts in a more dangerous area.
You should know how to respond to any disaster that could occur in your area. You should also be ready to be self-reliant for at least three days--providing for your own shelter, medical needs, food, water and sanitation.
There are tangible rewards for being prepared for an emergency. Being prepared can lessen:

Fear

Anxiety

Disaster Losses

Communities, families and individuals should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs.
People also can reduce the impact of disasters by:
Flood proofing

Elevating a home

Moving a home out of harmís way

Securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake

Avoid the danger completely by being prepared

How Does Using This Guide Help Me to Prepare?
The main reason to use this guide is to help protect yourself and anyone else in your immediate vicinity in the event of an emergency. Through applying what you learn in this guide, you are taking the necessary steps to be ready when an event occurs.