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
 

Citizen

Every citizen in this country is part of a national emergency management system that is all about protecting people and property from all types of hazards. Consider the national emergency management system as a pyramid with the citizen forming the base of the structure. At this level you have a responsibility to protect yourself and your immediate area by knowing what to do before, during and after an event.

Before:
Know the risks and danger signs

Purchase insurances not already part of your homeowner’s policy

Develop plans for what to do for any scenario

Assemble a disaster supplies kit

Volunteer to help others

During:
Put the appropriate plan into action

Help others

Follow the advice and guidance of officials

After:
Repair damaged properties

Take steps to lessen future loss