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Personal, Volunteer and Community Resources

Research on preparedness shows that people who believe themselves "prepared" for disasters often aren't as prepared as they think. Forty percent of survey respondents did not have household plans, 80 percent had not conducted home evacuation drills, and nearly 60 percent did not know their community's evacuation routes.

Nearly 20 percent of survey respondents reported having a disability that would affect their capacity to respond to an emergency situation, but shockingly only one out of four of them had made arrangements specific to their disability to help them respond safely in the event of an emergency.

Use the resources below to make sure that you and your family are prepared. 

Build a KIT

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.

RIDMAT/MRC Volunteer Handbook

This manual is intended to provide RIDMAT/MRC volunteers with a description of the DMAT/MRC program, to define the major policies and procedures and offer information that may be useful to newly oriented members of the program. The information in this handbook is extensive but not complete with sections being revised and updated as new information becomes available

CDC Preparedness

The purpose of the Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters is to provide a preparedness and response resource for all jurisdictions. Jurisdictions can add the preparedness and safety messaging document as a resource to their communication plans that address hazards expected from extreme weather involving strong wind and high water, like hurricanes and floods.

2019 FEMA Preparedness Calendar

The 2019 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar provides you with content to promote preparedness all year. While FEMA suggests the below content to promote, please feel free to adapt topics to your local area and use this calendar as a guide only.

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