Are you Ready? FEMA Preparedness book

The need to prepare is real

• Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has
lasting effects, both to people and property.
• If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief
organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local
responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus
their efforts elsewhere.
• You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could
occur in your area—hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme cold, flooding, or
• You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This may
mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation.

Using this guide makes preparation practical.

• This guide was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA), which is the agency responsible for responding to national disasters
and for helping state and local governments and individuals prepare for
emergencies. It contains step-by-step advice on how to prepare for, respond
to, and recover from disasters.
• Used in conjunction with information and instructions from local emergency
management offices and the American Red Cross, Are You Ready? will give you
what you need to be prepared.

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