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
 

Helping Others
The compassion and generosity of people is never more evident than after a disaster. People want to help. Here are some general guidelines on helping others after a disaster:
Volunteer! Check with local organizations or listen to local news reports for information about where volunteers are needed

Bring your own food, water and emergency supplies to a disaster area if you are needed there

Give a check or money order to a recognized disaster relief organization

These groups are organized to process checks, purchase what is needed and get it to the people who need it most

Do not drop off food, clothing or any other item to a government agency or disaster relief organization unless a particular item has been requested

Donate a quantity of a given item or class of items rather than a mix of different items