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When Disaster Strikes - Promising Practices - Individual and Family Preparedness

Although local emergency agencies and other relief organizations usually provide essential services before, during, and after a disaster, they are not a substitute for individual and family preparedness. Preparing for a disaster will maximize your family’s chances of survival. In particular, individuals who are elderly, physically or cognitively disabled, mobility impaired, require special medical care, or have language or other communication barriers will need to plan ahead.

This guide outlines the steps individuals and families can take ahead of time to protect their safety and help others in the community receive emergency services more efficiently.