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Most Americans who've never had to deal with a natural disaster or major emergency, believe that emergency preparedness is only a concern for those who live in "Tornado Alley", the hurricane riddled shores of Louisiana, or the earthquate prone state of California. However, the reality is that most communities, regardless of location, will be impacted by several types hazards during a lifetime. In addition, our society is more mobile and transient than ever before. If you don't currently live in a community that's been affected by a hazard, there's a good chance that you'll travel to several areas prone to natural disasters and dangerous hazards sometime during your lifetime. Knowing what to do before, during and after a natural disaster, pandemic, or man-made hazard can make the difference between life and death for yourself, your family, and those around you.

It's easily to get overwhelmed when first considering emergency preparedness. However, the basic actions required to "be prepared" are almost the same for all hazards. For example, whether you're confronting an earthquake, tornado, hurricane or a man-made hazard, your first priority is safety. Whether this means finding shelter or evacuating the area depends on the specific hazard. Developing an emergency preparedness plan or building a disaster supplies kit are also the same for most hazards (i.e. natural disasters, man-made hazards, or accidental emergencies.) Once you've mastered the basics of emergency preparedness you'll be adequately prepared to whether most storms, disasters or hazards that come your way. However, there are differences among potential disasters and it's important to take the time to prepare for all contingencies that may affect you, your family, your business, and your community.

Below you'll find links to a variety of reference materials, resources and information designed to help you learn about potential disasters that may occur where you live and how to respond to each. Specifically, you'll learn what to do before the disaster, how to prepare to protect yourself and your family during the disaster, and what steps to take immediately following the disaster to facilitate recovery. You'll also learn how to know if there is an impending hazardous event coming, familiarize yourself with the signs of events that often appear without warning, and how to reduce the impact of disasters through proper planning and by familiarizing yourself with local alert and warning systems.
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