Home or work routines can be disrupted with little or no warning by natural disasters, fires or other catastrophic events. It's important to be prepared as help may not always be immediately available.
During large community wide emergencies, first responders -- police, fire and emergency medical services -- may be overwhelmed with numerous calls for help or even physically unable to reach your location due to blocked roads.
Man-made and natural hazards occur routinely in the United States. On average, nearly 70 federal disaster declarations are issued annually. It is important to identify and learn about the hazards most likely to occur in your community. Make a plan and share this information with your loved ones to prevent needless confusion and worry.
For more information, go to http://www.ready.gov/.