Disasters and hazards can occur anywhere at any time and result in significant disruption to lives and communities.
Being prepared means being responsible to take care of you and your family’s personal needs (food, water, medical, clothing, shelter) for a period of at least three days after the event.
Recovery after a disaster is a long-term commitment that involves knowing what resources are available and how to access these resources.
Preparedness and response
Be Red Cross Ready | American Red Cross
Citizen Corps Program | U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Citizen Preparedness Corps | New York State Government
Emergency Preparedness and Response | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Center for Disaster Preparedness | Columbia University
Prepare for Emergencies | U.S. Small Business Administration
Ready.gov | DHS
Relief and recovery
DisasterAssistance.gov | HDS
Disaster Relief & Recovery Services | American Red Cross
The Disaster Handbook (PDF) | UF/IFAS Extension Disaster Handbook