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The Disaster Preparedness Program is a nationwide effort to help Americans respond quickly and effectively in times of disaster. The program was launched by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to encourage people to prepare for disaster because the government and voluntary emergency response agencies can’t be everywhere helping everyone immediately following a disaster. In a major disaster communities or individuals may be isolated for 72 hours or more before they can be reached by emergency responders. By taking a few simple steps people can significantly increase their chances of survival and ability to cope with disaster.

The Program’s core message is the Family Disaster Plan, a four step approach to family disaster preparedness:

  1. Learn about the hazards in your community and how to prepare for them.
  2. Meet with your family to create a plan.
  3. Put your plan into action.
  4. Practice and maintain your plan.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed some very popular preparedness pamphlets. Other organizations have also created useful preparedness documents. They may be downloaded by selecting the links below.

Check out these documents and links for people with disabilities.

All videos courtesy of Ready.gov

Preparing Makes Sense

Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans

Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs

Preparing Makes Sense for Pet Owners