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Prepare for Disasters

Not if, but when: Every U.S. state and territory is at risk of disasters. Disasters disrupt thousands of lives every year, leaving behind lasting effects on people and property. After a disaster, many others in your community need help as well. For this reason, local first responders and other assistance may not be able to reach you right away. You and your family can take simple steps now to prepare for emergencies. By doing so, you take back control—even in the uncertainty of disaster.

Benefits of Planning Ahead

There are many benefits to planning ahead for disasters. The most important benefits are staying safe and helping yourself and your community recover. People and families that plan for emergencies will: • Help keep people safe; • Limit property damage; • Know what to do during and after a disaster; • Better manage their savings; • Support community preparedness; and • Help their community get back up and running after a disaster.

Taking simple actions to protect against disaster helps you, your family, your community, and your country in important ways.

Know Your Risks: Actions to Protect Yourself and Others

Individuals and families face many different types of hazards. It is important to learn the risks you face and ways to stay up-to-date with current conditions. Taking action now may give you and your family the power to protect yourselves and your property. This section will discuss the many simple actions that you can take to prepare for all types of disasters, as well as those for specific hazards.

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