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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Preparedness Month 2014

National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder that we must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, learn and worship. Events such as Hurricane Sandy, wildfires on the West Coast, and the series of tornadoes that struck the Midwest, have shown us that together we can build a culture of preparedness so that our country is ready to confront and recover from emergencies and disasters.

Family members looking at a map. 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 stay 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 everybody yourself, your family and even members of your community safe.  Learn More >>

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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.  Learn More >>
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Planning for Special Medical Needs
If you, a loved one, or members of a community that you serve 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. Learn More >>
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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.  Learn More >>
Mother and daughter with dog 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.  Learn more >>
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​Be a Bystander who doesn't Stand By
When an emergency happens, whether it is a major disaster or smaller local incident, bystanders are the first people on the scene and their actions can help protect and save lives. Learn how can you can do to be a bystander who doesn’t stand by.  Learn More >>
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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.  Learn More >>

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  • This page last reviewed: October 01, 2014