Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of people each year, and these disasters have lasting effects to both people and property. If a disaster occurs in your community, responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.
Being prepared can reduce the fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of an emergency or disaster situation. Planning ahead involves preparing a disaster preparedness kit, having an emergency plan and having a family communications plan.