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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Preparedness for Individuals, Families and Communities

  • Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed. Have you and your family come up with a plan that will help you stay safe and connected in an emergency? If so, that's great - take a few minutes now to update your plan. If not, find out what you can do to keep yourself, your family and even members of your community safe.
  • Preparing to Meet the Needs of Children and Youth:   Children and youth can be especially vulnerable during disasters and children's risks change as they get older. By taking the time to prepare before disasters strike, we can help children and youth stay safe and healthy during and after a disaster. Find out what kids, parents, caregivers and your communities can do.
  • Planning for Special Medical Needs: If you or a loved one have special medical needs, then your emergency plan needs a few extra steps. Check out these resources to help you plan more effectively to keep people with special medical needs safe before, during and after a disaster.
  • Planning for the Needs of Older Adults: Disasters can be particularly disruptive to older adults. Chronic conditions that exist prior to an emergency can be exacerbated, equipment damaged or lost, and services or treatments interrupted, causing additional harm or stress. Find out how you can help protect the health and safety of older adults.
  • Protecting your Pets: When you prepare for a disaster, get ready to take care of the whole family – including your pets. Learn about steps that you can take now - like microchipping your pet, making a plan, and creating a go kit - to make sure you are ready to take care of your pets when they need you most.
  • Building Healthy and Resilient Communities Our communities face a number of threats. It takes a whole community working together to prepare for, respond to, and recover effectively from the destructive impacts of emergencies. By working together, communities can become safer, healthier and stronger in the face of disasters.

  • This page last reviewed: August 31, 2015