Info for Individuals and Families

BEFORE A COMMUNITY EMERGENCY: What you need to know and do

A community may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime. Americans also travel more than ever before, to areas impacted by hazards they may not be at risk of near their homes. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
Use the links on this page to learn about the potential emergencies that can happen where you live and work and the appropriate ways to respond to them. When you know what to do, you can plan with your household and prepare in advance to be ready. These links also provide information about how protect your household and begin recovery following the initial disaster.